Lawyers representing Gerawan Farming, media organizations and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board presented their arguments before the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno Wednesday in a case that could give the public access to a previously closed process.
The closed-door process for dealing with disputed labor contracts could be open to the public if a Fresno County farmer, a farmworker and several media groups can convince the Fifth District Court of Appeal it’s a First Amendment issue.
Hundreds of people joined members of the United Farm Workers as they marched through the streets of Delano on Sunday to honor Cesar Chavez and to support efforts by the union to get overtime pay for farmworkers.
The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board has upheld an administrative law judge’s decision to dismiss a petition by workers for Gerawan Farming of Fresno who sought to decertify the United Farm Workers as their bargaining representative. As a result, the balloting by Gerawan workers will be nullified, the ALRB said.
Central San Joaquin Valley agriculture doesn’t like what it sees in Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, especially on immigration. Farmers prefer Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but say they can foresee the possibility of backing Democrat Hillary Clinton because she favors comprehensive immigration reform.
California water provisions included in a spending bill for the 2017 fiscal year include controversial measures that spark regional tensions, while a separate San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage settlement will expand to encompass additional water districts.
The U.S.’s top agricultural trade negotiator said Friday that California farmers could reap tens of millions of dollars in export business under a 12-country trade agreement that awaits congressional approval.
Westside farmers got dismal news Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation when it announced a 5 percent water allocation for 2016. Bureau officials said the allocation is based on a cautious estimate of the amount of water available for delivery to Central Valley Project users.