The first volley has been fired in the 2017 season. Before unions have even begun filing Notices of Intent to Take Access (“NA”) with the ALRB, some workers in the Watsonville area have decided to try to rid themselves of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5 (UFCW). This decertification petition is the first major filing this year:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
• Mushroom Farms, Inc. (2017-RD-001-SAL)
The UFCW, Local 5 was only certified as the employees’ collective bargaining representative just over a year ago on January 19, 2016. With no collective bargaining agreement in place even after Mushroom Farms – a subsidiary of Monterey Mushroom – was ordered to mandatory mediation and conciliation on August 17, 2016, it appears the workers already regret their decision last January.
Of course, as the season ramps up, more filings are to be expected from all sides, and we will continue to send updates.
COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:
Please contact The Saqui Law Group if you have any questions regarding labor relations or your rights concerning union access on your property as the season commences.