June 22, 2016

California Farm Family Wages Litigation Fight For Accountability In Government

By California Farm Family Wages Litigation Fight For Accountability In Government

Harold Johnson interviews PLF Principal Attorney Damien Schiff about a California central valley farm family that is waging an important litigation fight for accountability in government. The case is currently before the California Supreme Court in which PLF has submitted an amicus brief in support of the Gerawan family and their challenge to an abusive labor relations scheme.

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Gerawan Farming v. Agricultural Labor Relations Board

Gerawan Farming is a family-owned company that grows grapes and stone fruit in the San Joaquin Valley. Unique in the nation, a California statute compels agricultural employers and their employees’ unions to assent to collective bargaining agreements. Rather than being negotiated at arm’s length, these agreements’ terms are dictated to the parties by a “mediator” who has nearly unlimited discretion to compel the parties’ assent to whatever terms the mediator wishes. A California appellate court struck down this scheme that imposed an unwanted “agreement” on Gerawan, but the California Supreme Court granted review. Representing an array of agricultural and constitutional liberty groups, PLF filed an amicus brief arguing that this compulsory regime is unconstitutional.

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