And to get through contract negotiations you’re going to have to have two things – resolve and money. “Nobody cares more about your business than you do, but you’re going to have to fight to maintain control of it. Everything is on the table once the union comes in. You can negotiate how fast cows should be milked, the number of turns the parlor should make per hour, the quality of milk, coliform counts, standards for over or under loading feed ingredients, etc.”
It will be expensive to stick to your guns. “They won’t give it to you for nothing,” notes Raimondo.
At the end of the day the card-check bill is the worst thing that could happen to dairy farms in terms of labor problems.“Right now, if the union shows up a dairyman still has a chance. Without secret ballot election, in most cases it will be over before it starts,” he says.
No word has come from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office if he will sign SB104; opponents of the bill believe that he will. SB104 was approved by the senate and is currently sitting in the state assembly.
On the federal level, card-check is dead in the water. But if the card-check bill does pass in California it could open the door to a national bill.