President's weekly report — February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Defending private property rights on the farm

PLF attorneys filed this lawsuit this week in Cedar Point Nurseries v. California Agricultural Labor Relations Board over that agency’s rule that purports to allow union organizers access onto private property for organizing purposes. But this doesn’t simply mean going onto farm sites to speak with workers. Last October, the United Farm Workers used their access “rights” to disrupt the work of over 500 employees by using bullhorns and intimidation. The union uses such tactics during some of the busiest — and most crucial — times of the harvesting season. These tactics violate the constitutional rights of the landowners. While a union may have a right to contact and speak to workers, it shouldn’t have the right to violate private property rights and disrupt an ongoing business to do so. For more, see our blog post and video here.