Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a victory for property owners with their decision in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. The Supreme Court affirmed that the government cannot force people to allow third parties to trespass on their property.
In 2015, union activists stormed Cedar Point Nursery to harass the farm workers who work there in an effort to get them to join the United Farm Workers union. The farm owner, Mike Fahner, didn’t give the union permission to come onto the property and didn’t know they were coming. But worst of all, Fahner wasn’t legally allowed to tell them to leave because of a California law that allows union activists to invade private property to recruit new members.
Fahner and other California farmers challenged California’s law in court and their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Property rights are at the heart of Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. Below is a list of resources that will help you understand what’s at stake.
Mike Fahner’s story
Media coverage of Cedar Point
Legal and historical background
Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid and labor unions