IRVINE, Calif., (September 12, 2018) -- In response to the decision of the California State Supreme Court to reject the Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s appeal petition, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:
“Workers have the right to choose whether they wish to be represented by a union. Nearly five years after the Gerawan Farming workers’ votes were cast, the ALRB has exhausted all of its appeal rights and must now do the right thing and have the votes counted. However, this process has taken too long and is evidence that the State of California has deliberately acted to disenfranchise farmworkers. The ALRB has strayed far afield from its original purpose – to guarantee justice for all agricultural workers – which requires immediate reform."
About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including half of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.