After a five-year delay a California agency has given farm workers permission to cut ties with their labor union.
Employees at Gerawan Farming voted overwhelmingly to split with United Farm Workers in 2013 only to see the ballot box locked up by the California Agricultural Labor Board (ALRB). The agency, however, refused to tally those votes until state appellate court ordered they be revealed. The ALRB decided to affirm the vote after counting the ballots—workers voted 1,098 to 197 to leave the unions—saying that the unlawful actions alleged by the union did not affect the results.
Big Labor is dropping big money on the 2018 elections despite their own rhetoric about outside spending.
Unions represent 12 of the top 25 largest outside spending organizations in the 2018 midterm elections. Two of the three highest institutional outside spenders are labor groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Carpenters and Joiners Union tops the list having spent $23.8 million on the midterm elections. Nearly all of that money has gone to aid Democratic congressional and Senate candidates, as conservatives benefited from only $612,500. Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) is the third largest with $11.1 million spent—$10.3 million has gone to aid Democratic candidates.