Results show fruit farm workers rejected union in 2013 vote

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 2013 vote by workers at one of the nation’s largest fruit growers has finally been counted, showing Gerawan Farming Inc. employees chose to oust the United Farm Workers as their representative.

The Fresno Bee reports the ballots were counted Tuesday and showed 1,098 votes against the UFW and 197 in favor.

The election took place in November 2013 but the ballots were impounded by the state labor relations board over allegations of election misconduct.

Gerawan hires thousands of people annually to harvest nectarines, peaches and grapes in California’s Central Valley. It has been involved in a decades-long fight with the UFW over union representation.

The battle over who will represent about 5,000 workers is far from over. A UFW official says the union will challenge the election results.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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