Agriculture for a Democratic Workplace

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

Agriculture for a Democratic Workplace (ADW) says its goal is to "continuously communicate our message that agriculture is opposed to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act because we believe that the only way to guarantee worker freedom from coercion and intimidation is to protect the secret ballot." [1] The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), to allow employees to either form a union by signing cards authorizing union representation or by holding an election. [2]

ADW was formed by "several California associations that helped twice defeat similar state legislation." Its website names Coalition for a Democratic Workplace as a national partner. [1]

"While agricultural field workers are not subject to the provisions of the NLRA" -- and thus not the EFCA, should it become law -- "workers in packing plants, processing plants, and cooling facilities; workers in trucking and transportation; workers who handle commodities of multiple farmers; and workers at many other off-the-farm worksites" would be impacted, according to ADW's website. [3]


ADW members include: [1]

Contact information


ADW's website address was registered January 16, 2009, by Jon Alexander of the Western Growers Association. [4]


  • Tom Nassif, Western Growers: tnassif AT
  • Doug Mosebar, California Farm Bureau Federation: dmosebar AT
  • Barry Bedwell, California Grape and Tree Fruit League: bbedwell AT

ADW staff

  • Jason Resnick, Western Growers Assistant General Counsel: 949-885-2253, jresnick AT
  • Stacey Satterlee, Western Growers Director of Federal Government Affairs: 202-296-0191, ssatterlee AT

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "About," Agriculture for a Democratic Workplace website, accessed February 2009.
  2. "CRS summary of the Employee Free Choice Act," Library of Congress Thomas website, accessed February 2009.
  3. "Homepage," Agriculture for a Democratic Workplace website, accessed February 2009.
  4. "," WHOIS search,, accessed February 2009.

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