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Sylvia Torres-Guillen, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s (ALRB) general counsel, has left the agency to serve as special counsel to Governor Jerry Brown.  Torres-Guillen’s tenure was marked by major policy and personnel changes as well as controversial actions in a number of cases, most notably the UFW’s attempt to force Gerawan Farms and its employees to accept an ALRB-imposed contract after a 20 year absence by the union and a parallel vote by Gerawan employees on decertification of the union.  The employees’ votes from the November 2013 election remain uncounted and impounded by t

Join Western Growers Senior Vice President of Science & Technology Hank Giclas to learn more about the increasing demand for information about the farm, farm practices and Western Growers’ efforts to assist members in the market and regulatory arenas. In anticipation of such demands, Western Growers has partnered with iFoodDecisionSciences to offer easy-to-use food safety tools via a mobile, scalable cloud-computing data management system.

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Yesterday, by a vote of 60 to 38, the Senate passed legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Obama administration. With the Senate’s action, the legislation will now go to the president, who is expected to sign the bill in the days ahead. The vote follows the strong bi-partisan support this legislation garnered in the Senate last month in addition to last week in the House.

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