June 16, 1999
The United Farm Workers union has filed hundreds of objections to a state-supervised vote by strawberry workers held earlier this month, prolonging a two-year drama that pits the venerated UFW against an independent workers' committee. At stake is the right to represent 1,500 employees of the Watsonville-based Coastal Berry Co., the nation's largest strawberry grower. The independent Coastal Berry of California Workers Committee leads by 90 votes, but 92 disputed ballots remain uncounted.
June 5, 1999 |
A closely watched rematch between the United Farm Workers and an upstart independent union fighting to represent 1,500 California strawberry pickers has come down to 92 disputed ballots that might not be resolved for weeks or even months. State officials counted ballots until 10 p.m. Friday. The balloting followed a pattern similar to that of an election held a week earlier that led to this runoff.
May 28, 1999 |
In a stunning setback that raises questions about the United Farm Workers' ability to connect with today's agricultural workers, the union has failed to win a high-stakes organizing vote at California's largest strawberry farm. Official results from the union election at Watsonville, Calif.-based Coastal Berry Co., announced early Thursday morning, showed a slight margin of workers favored a rival union formed by company employees last year.
July 24, 1998 |
Strawberry pickers at Coastal Berry Co. voted in favor of union representation Thursday night in a victory for an upstart workers group, and a defeat for the rival United Farm Workers. The Coastal Berry Farmworkers Committee received 523, or nearly 54%, of the 972 ballots cast with the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board. The committee needed more than half the total votes cast to represent workers in negotiating with Coastal Berry, the nation's largest strawberry grower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1999 |
In one of its first acts under Democratic control, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board this week voided an election at the nation's largest strawberry grower, handing a victory to the United Farm Workers and its organizing efforts in Oxnard. The board upheld a judge's decision to throw out results of a union election at Coastal Berry Co., the focus of a three-year UFW campaign to unionize the strawberry industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1999 |
The United Farm Workers union has filed for an election to represent pickers at the nation's largest strawberry grower, a move that could put hundreds of Oxnard field hands in a position to help resolve a long-running battle to unionize California's strawberry industry. The election petition was filed Monday with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board after a majority of the 1,240 workers at Coastal Berry Co.