Protect the Secret Ballot No on AB 616

Special interests in Sacramento are pushing legislation that eliminates farmworkers’ right to a secret ballot and private choice when they vote whether to join a union.

Assembly Bill 616 eliminates farmworkers’ right to a secret ballot in union elections

Under current California law, farmworkers use a secret ballot to vote whether to join a union. This is to ensure the privacy of their choice and so neither unions nor employers can exert undue influence or pressure on their decision. This process has served to protect farmworks’ right to a fair and secret election since first cemented into state law in 1975.

Now, farmworkers’ right to the secret ballot is under attack. AB 616 eliminates the current election process and erases farmworkers’ right to a secret ballot. We all have the right to a secret ballot in our elections – farmworkers should have the same right when they vote in union elections.

Tell your legislator to protect the secret ballot and oppose AB 616.

Urge Governor Newsom:
Veto AB 616

AB 616 will destroy the right to secret ballots in union elections

Opposed to AB 616

AB 616 is opposed by California family farmers and ranchers and a growing number of other organizations and employers throughout the state.
A partial list of groups opposed to AB 616 includes:

  • African American Farmers of California
  • Agricultural Council of California
  • American Pistachio Growers
  • California Association of Winegrape Growers
  • California Business Roundtable
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Citrus Mutual
  • California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations
  • California Farm Bureau Federation
  • California Fresh Fruit Association
  • California Restaurant Association
  • California Strawberry Commission
    Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
  • Nisei Farmers League
  • Western Agricultural Processors Association
  • Western Growers Association