From LodiNews.com, Lodi News-Sentinel, “State Sen. Tom Berryhill denounces farmworker bill” by Ross Farrow, News-Sentinel Staff Writer, 4 Apr 2011.
Editorial note from Farmworkers’ Forum: Despite what opponents to California Senate Bill 104 claim, the bill does not eliminate workers’ rights to secret ballot election. The bill provides for an additional, alternative method of labor representation election known as “card check.” Card check uses a petition-style method of voting using signed information/election cards which are then submitted to the Agriculture Labor Relations Board. The “secret ballot” method remains as an alternative method. The bill simply uses the terminology “polling site election” to refer to the current in-place “secret ballot” method of election.
[Lodi, CA] — State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale, said he opposes Senate Bill 104, which would remove secret ballots for agricultural laborers to organize and instead permit them to join a union if a majority of the crew signs cards.
“SB 104 is a blatant attempt by union bosses to gain more power on the backs of dedicated and hardworking Californians,” said Berryhill, who represents the Lodi area. “Eliminating the workers’ rights to a secret ballot is nothing more than the very intimidation these union bosses are claiming to oppose. SB 104 removes a fundamental right to secret ballot for which workers have relied upon and fought.”