In an important legal development, a federal court has agreed to hear arguments that the state should not abuse its power to enable the UFW to force itself on farmworkers at their workplace.
The potential now exists for federal courts to intervene against Governor Brown’s out-of-control Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), which colludes with the UFW to abuse farmworkers who refuse to pay 3% of their wages to the syndicate.
“Federal authorities have agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit by a Dorris strawberry farm challenging the ability of union representatives to enter their property without permission,” the Herald and News reports.
This could be a huge blow to the UFW – which almost no farmworkers want to join any more, and which represents less than 1% of California farmworkers – and to its enforcer, the ALRB.
The court may hear the case as early as October.
Although the suit was brought by the employer, Cedar Point, it has the added benefit of protecting the workers from UFW harassment.
“The farm claims, by allowing union members uninhibited access to company property for the purpose of meeting and talking with employees, California is granting the union an easement without just compensation to the landowner,” according to the Herald and News. By forcing their way onto private property, the UFW is trespassing, owners say.