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New York Lawsuit Claims Farmworkers’ Right to Bargain

May 10, 2016, 4:00 AM

A section of New York’s employment relations law that bars farmworkers from organizing and bargaining collectively is unconstitutional and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union (Hernandez v New York, N.Y. Sup. Ct., 02143-16, complaint filed 5/10/16).

The lawsuit, which the NYCLU said is the first of its kind, is supported by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), who is named as a defendant.

Some 60,000 farmworkers could be granted the right to engage in collective bargaining if the court rules in their favor.

The lawsuit claims that the 80-year-old...

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