CA Assemblyman Jim Patterson to Join Worker Vigil on Election Night

Posted by Matt Patterson on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Permalink

Fresno - Assemblyman Jim Patterson of California's 23rd District will join hundreds of farm workers at an election night vigil protesting their disenfranchisement at the hands of state labor authorities.

The workers, from Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, voted to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW) last November, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) has locked up the ballots and is refusing to count them.

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Voter Suppression In California: Minority Disenfranchisement in the Golden State

Posted by Margaret Mire on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson wrote a column on November 3 in Forbes, detailing the disenfranchisement of thousands of eligible voters in California.  Patterson explains that farm workers at the Fresno-based Gerawan Farm voted last November to remove the United Farm Workers (UFW) union from their workplace, but these votes have been sequestered by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB).

Patterson notes that the widespread concern for voter integrity on this election day make this injustice a concern for both Democrats and Republicans:

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CA Farm Workers To Hold Election Night Vigil to Protest Vote Suppression

Posted by Matt Patterson on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Permalink

Fresno - Hundreds of farm workers will gather outside a California election office on election night to protest a state labor board suppressing their votes from a union decertification election.

The workers, from Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, voted to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW) last November, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) locked up the ballots and is refusing to count them.

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Meagan Nelson on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Permalink

The Center For Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson wrote an article on October 30 in Forbes, detailing the UAW's continued efforts to organize the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga, Tennesee. Patterson equates the union with a monster on the workers' doorstep:

“Something is knocking at the door of Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Volkswagen plant in a kind of reverse trick-or-treat.

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Center for Worker Freedom Profiled in Politico

Posted by Meagan Nelson on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) was featured in a profile by Politico on October 30.

Highlighted was the successes of CWF in helping to defeat the United Auto Workers (UAW) in the representation election for Volkswagen last February. The UAW lost in a 712-626 vote.

According to Politico:

“The (CWF) campaign culminated in a radio advertising buy in the run-up to the election, with the organization running ads in about 10 radio stations, and 13 revolving billboards with various anti-union slogan.”

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Teamsters: Protest Fail

Posted by Margaret Mire on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 9:56 am - Permalink

“Hundreds of taxi drivers in the District of Columbia are planning to descend on Freedom Plaza” warned The Washington Times the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

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UNITE HERE Unites For Higher Taxes

Posted by Margaret Mire on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Permalink

Why would a union want to raise taxes on an industry that employs about 33,000 of their members?  

Labor union UNITE HERE’s recently sponsored study 12BILLION.org purports that 35 states grant jet fuel tax breaks to commercial airlines.  UNITE HERE alleges that these airlines received more than $1 billion in tax breaks on the 12 billion gallons of jet fuel they purchased in 2013. 

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The Incredible Shrinking Union

Posted by Meagan Nelson on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Permalink

This August, at a back-to-school night at Thomas Star King Middle School in Los Angeles, parents were eager to hear about the progress of their children’s education, but instead were bothered to hear a union representative agitate about labor issues and imply there would be a teachers’ strike if the issues were unresolved.  

Parents reminded the representative that this was not right moment to mention a strike, and mentioned that the very thought of one infuriated them.

This entire fiasco occurred before the school year even began.

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