Gerawan Farming employees and others are planning an election night candlelight vigil Nov. 4 in Fresno, Calif., to protest the lack of a ballot count in a union decertification vote at the grower-shipper a year ago.
The ballots remain impounded pending resolution of unfair labor practice claims by the United Farm Workers. Sylvia Torres-Guillen, general counsel for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, alleged Gerawan coerced employees into signing the decertification petition.
The silent vigil is scheduled for 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fresno County Elections Office at 2221 Kern St. in Fresno.
The Center for Worker Freedom, a project of Americans for Tax Reform, is helping to coordinate the vigil.
“Everyone’s vote will be counted that night,” Gerawan employee Areli Sanchez said in a news release. “We want to remind people that we are still waiting for ours to be counted a year after our election.”