The debate over attempts by the United Farm Workers Union to defund the Agriculture Labor Relations Board has furthered the false notion that the UFW is synonymous with farm workers and the sole source of their protection.
The UFW is only one of seven agricultural unions in California, the only state with an effective labor law protecting farm workers.
In reports submitted to the AFL-CIO, the UFW has reported only 12,000 farm workers as members.
Meanwhile, the six other agricultural unions combined represent more than 19,000 workers, and the Christian Labor Assn. alone, according to the ALRB, has 60 more contracts than the UFW in California.
The UFW makes much of bad faith bargaining practices by the state's farmers, yet records kept by the ALRB since 1975 do not indicate that at all.