Bloomberg Law
May 8, 2019, 5:39 PMUpdated: May 8, 2019, 8:17 PM

California Growers Fail to Sink Union-Access Rule in Court (1)

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney
Reporter
Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian
Reporter

A divided federal appeals court upheld a California regulation that allows union organizers to approach agriculture workers on site to recruit, organize, and hold protests, despite business groups’ cries that the decades-old rule strips growers of their property rights.

The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s regulation, adopted in the mid-1970s to protect the labor rights of farm workers, isn’t unconstitutional, a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled May 8. Cedar Point Nursery and Fowler Packing Co. challenged the regulation and a lower court dismissed the claim. Attorneys for the farms told Bloomberg Law they ...