Right on the heels of our report last week that the workers at Mushroom Farms, Inc., in the Watsonville area had filed a decertification petition against the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5 (UFCW), the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) have now filed a petition to represent these workers. These two petitions are now pending with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB):
Thursday, February 16, 2017
• Mushroom Farms, Inc. (2017-RD-001-SAL) – Decertification of UFCW
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
• Mushroom Farms, Inc. (2017-RC-001-SAL) – Certification of UFW
The decertification petition is still being investigated by the ALRB and no election dates have been set for either petition. We will continue to send updates.
As we discussed in an article last year , the UFW has been making an active push to unseat other unions like the UFCW. Employers should be ready for the consequences of having competing unions fighting to represent workers. As a reminder, employers must refrain from creating any appearance of support for one union or another, but this situation does present opportunities to convince employees to vote against any union representation whatsoever. If your company is facing an election or union organizing, turn to the experts at The Saqui Law Group.