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September 9, 2001 | Times Staff Reports
State labor lawyers have accused operators of the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura of illegally firing a United Farm Worker's organizer at the plant. According to a complaint issued by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Fidel Andrade was fired in May for exercising his right to organize and support the union. Pictsweet and the UFW have been locked in a protracted labor dispute over wages and benefits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
A family of third-generation growers has taken over the operation of Southern California's largest mushroom farm, preserving more than 300 jobs and a landmark union contract forged under a 2003 state law designed to resolve farm labor disputes. Brothers Charles and James Ciarrocchi head an investment group that bought the Ventura plant for an undisclosed amount in late November from the Pictsweet Co., which announced plans in October to shut down and sell the 45-year-old facility.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
United Farm Workers leaders pledged Thursday to help rebuild business at the embattled Pictsweet Mushroom Farm following the union's formal announcement of the end of a long-running labor dispute at the Ventura plant. After 17 years of fighting for a union contract, Pictsweet workers last week won a three-year pact that will bring higher wages, better job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Seven months after signing a contract that ended a bitter labor dispute, owners of Southern California's largest mushroom farm announced plans to shut down operations and sell the Ventura facility because of "adverse economic conditions." The impending closure of Pictsweet Mushroom Farm throws a cloud over the new three-year labor pact the firm reached with workers under a landmark state mediation law adopted in 2002 to resolve deadlocked farm labor negotiations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demanding a contract and better treatment of laborers at Pictsweet Mushroom Farm, a boisterous group of farm workers, union leaders and political activists marched across Ventura on Saturday from a high school to a park near the embattled farm's headquarters on Gonzales Road. The marchers--carrying handmade signs and red United Farm Workers flags with black eagle insignias--stopped traffic on several busy streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
California's farm labor board has found operators of a Ventura mushroom farm guilty of violating collective-bargaining laws during contract talks with the United Farm Workers union, a ruling that a company attorney has promised to appeal. In a 75-page decision issued last month, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board concluded that officials at Pictsweet Mushroom Farm had bargained in bad faith and illegally supported efforts to oust the UFW as the workers' representative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Seven months after signing a contract that ended a bitter labor dispute, owners of Southern California's largest mushroom farm announced plans to shut down operations and sell the Ventura facility because of "adverse economic conditions." The impending closure of Pictsweet Mushroom Farm throws a cloud over the new three-year labor pact the firm reached with workers under a landmark state mediation law adopted in 2002 to resolve deadlocked farm labor negotiations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers embroiled in a long-running contract dispute with owners of Southern California's largest mushroom farm are pinning their hopes on proposed legislation that could force a settlement in the stalemate. The bill, written by state Senate leader John Burton (D-San Francisco) and backed by the United Farm Workers union, would permit binding, third-party arbitration in cases where farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the hard work, now the payoff. After months of lobbying lawmakers and marching in the streets, workers at Southern California's largest mushroom farm said Tuesday that they believe they may be among the first to benefit from a new law aimed at resolving deadlocked labor disputes. The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Gray Davis, permits state agricultural officials to impose mandatory mediation in cases in which farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
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October 20, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
In October, 1987, the Pictsweet division of United Foods Inc. bought three mushroom farms out of bankruptcy, one of them a 50-acre operation on Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. The move saved 350 Ventura County jobs. This month, as United observes the fifth anniversary of its venture into mushrooms, 200 of those who worked on the Ventura farm in 1987 are still there. Overall employment remains at 350, though production is up considerably.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Rekindling a battle over unionization at Southern California's largest mushroom farm, a right-to-work group Tuesday accused the United Farm Workers union of illegally collecting dues and threatening workers at the plant. In charges filed with the state's farm labor board, the National Right to Work Foundation alleges that UFW officials intentionally misled workers at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura by telling them they were required to pay full union dues as a condition of employment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
United Farm Workers leaders pledged Thursday to help rebuild business at the embattled Pictsweet Mushroom Farm following the union's formal announcement of the end of a long-running labor dispute at the Ventura plant. After 17 years of fighting for a union contract, Pictsweet workers last week won a three-year pact that will bring higher wages, better job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
After 17 years of working without a union contract, employees at Southern California's largest mushroom farm have won a three-year pact, the landmark result of a new state law aimed at resolving long-running labor disputes. The new contract at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura will bring higher wages, increased job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Seizing on a powerful new weapon aimed at ending contract disputes, the United Farm Workers union requested Thursday that state agricultural officials impose mandatory mediation to resolve a long-running labor fight at Southern California's largest mushroom farm. The filing is the first by the UFW under a new state law that allows agricultural workers or employers to seek mediation in cases where farm-labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
California's farm labor board has found operators of a Ventura mushroom farm guilty of violating collective-bargaining laws during contract talks with the United Farm Workers union, a ruling that a company attorney has promised to appeal. In a 75-page decision issued last month, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board concluded that officials at Pictsweet Mushroom Farm had bargained in bad faith and illegally supported efforts to oust the UFW as the workers' representative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the hard work, now the payoff. After months of lobbying lawmakers and marching in the streets, workers at Southern California's largest mushroom farm said Tuesday that they believe they may be among the first to benefit from a new law aimed at resolving deadlocked labor disputes. The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Gray Davis, permits state agricultural officials to impose mandatory mediation in cases in which farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
A family of third-generation growers has taken over the operation of Southern California's largest mushroom farm, preserving more than 300 jobs and a landmark union contract forged under a 2003 state law designed to resolve farm labor disputes. Brothers Charles and James Ciarrocchi head an investment group that bought the Ventura plant for an undisclosed amount in late November from the Pictsweet Co., which announced plans in October to shut down and sell the 45-year-old facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Seizing on a powerful new weapon aimed at ending contract disputes, the United Farm Workers union requested Thursday that state agricultural officials impose mandatory mediation to resolve a long-running labor fight at Southern California's largest mushroom farm. The filing is the first by the UFW under a new state law that allows agricultural workers or employers to seek mediation in cases where farm-labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers embroiled in a long-running contract dispute with owners of Southern California's largest mushroom farm are pinning their hopes on proposed legislation that could force a settlement in the stalemate. The bill, written by state Senate leader John Burton (D-San Francisco) and backed by the United Farm Workers union, would permit binding, third-party arbitration in cases where farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state labor board Wednesday upheld a judge's decision that the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura illegally fired a mushroom picker who was engaged in organizing activities for the United Farm Workers union. In a 27-page ruling, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board ordered Pictsweet to offer Fidel Andrade his job back and reimburse him for lost wages.
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