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Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

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Rural Migration News: UFW, Unions, WHD

ALRB. Gerawan Farms dominated ALRB activities in summer 2014. The UFW, which called the effort to win an election at Gerawan in 1990 the last major organizing drive spearheaded by Cesar Chavez, noted that the ALRB's General Counsel filed complaints against Gerawan in response to UFW charges that Gerawan interfered with the decertification campaign.

In 2012, after the state in 2002 amended the ALRA to allow mediation and eventually arbitration to obtain contracts at "old certifications" where the employer had committed a ULP, the UFW requested negotiations at Gerawan (the UFW was certified to represent Gerawan workers in 1992). No agreement was reached, and mediator Matt Goldberg proposed a contract in summer 2013. Gerawan refused to implement the mediator's agreement pending court review, and Gerawan employees petitioned the ALRB to allow a decertification vote, which was held November 5, 2013.

The votes from the decertification election were not counted because the ALRB General Counsel said 52 ULP charges must first be resolved in hearings scheduled to begin in September 2014. The Center for Worker Freedom (http://workerfreedom.org), which organized a rally of Gerawan workers at the ALRB office in Visalia, placed ads on area billboards saying "count the votes at Gerawan." The CWF, an offshoot of Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, was criticized by the UFW.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.