Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers union, is obsessed with teaching California farmers a destructive lesson. I refer to his article (Editorial Pages, Jan. 10), "Deterioration of Farm Law." His obsession with vengeance is forcing farmers out of business and the real victims are the farm workers whom they employ.
In his most recent blast against California farmers, Chavez has shamelessly attempted to manipulate the public's fears about chemicals and pesticides in hopes of beefing up his union membership and dues income. His claim of pesticide contamination in table grapes is not backed by facts.
In reality, the aging symbol of farm workers' rights is using this issue to cry sour grapes over his lost power, dwindling authority, and waning popularity.
During its first eight years, the Agricultural Labor Relations Act was administered in a one-sided and biased manner, clearly favoring the UFW over growers. In the past three years under the direction of Gov. George Deukmejian, the ALRB has become more evenhanded and productive. Since January 1983, the ALRB has conducted more than 100 secret ballot elections. Contrary to what Chavez claims, the board has collected and distributed a record $1.7 million plus to farm workers in this time.