California: Farm workers voted overwhelmingly to leave labor union – but result was hidden for 5 years

California: Farm workers voted overwhelmingly to leave labor union – but result was hidden for 5 years
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[Ed. – Yep. The courts refused to force the union to release the vote tally — until a court finally did force the union to release the vote tally.]

Back in 2013 (which is five years ago, for those who skipped math class), out in Fresno, California, the workers at farming corporation Gerawan Farming held a vote to determine whether or not they would decertify their membership in United Farm Workers (UFW), the union which had been representing them. The vote was held, and then… nothing. The union refused to release the results and even convinced a court arbiter that they could do so. They went on acting as the worker’s collective bargaining organization until May of this year.

Finally, after the case was heard in a state appeals court, the union was forced to release the results. It turns out that the workers had voted 1,098 to 197 to leave the union.

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