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A Recent Supreme Court Decision Impacts Union Organizing for Agricultural Workers in California

July 09, 2021
  1. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, §20900(e)(1).
  2. Id.
  3. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, §20900(a).

  4. See 29 U.S.C § 213; 29 U.S.C. § 152(3).
  5. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, §20900(c).
  6. Additionally, under the regulation union organizers may only enter for the purpose of soliciting support from employees, enter areas where employees regularly congregate before or after work or eat lunch, and cannot be disruptive of the employer’s property or business. Cal. Code. Regs., tit. 8, §20900(e)(3)–(4).
  7. Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, 141 S. Ct. 2063, 2069–70 (2021).
  8. Id.
  9. Id.; see also Cedar Point Nursery v. Gould, 2016 WL 1559271 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 18, 2016); Cedar Point Nursery v. Shiroma, 923 F.3d 524 (2019).
  10. Cedar Point Nursery, 141 S. Ct. at 2069.
  11. Id. at 2072.
  12. Id.
  13. Id.
  14. Id.
  15. Cedar Point Nursery, 141 S. Ct. at 2081 (J. Breyer, dissenting).
  16. Id. at 2088.
  17. Id. at 2081; see also id. at 2887–88; (listing various statutes sanctioning limited access to private property for specified purposes).
  18. Cedar Point Nursery, 141 S. Ct. at 2078–79; Id. at 2088 (J. Breyer, dissenting).
  19. Id. at 2089.
  20. N.L.R.B. v. Babcock & Wilcox Co., 351 U.S. 105 (1956); Central Hardware Co. v. N.L.R.B., 407 U.S. 539, 544 (1972).
  21. Cedar Point Nursery, 141 S. Ct. at 2084.
  22. Id. at 2077.
  23. Id. at 2080–81 (J. Kavanaugh concurring).
  24. See generally Excelsior Underwear Inc., 156 N.L.R.B. 1236 (1966). Under the NLRA, an election petition—the equivalent to the N.O. under the ALRA—must be supported by an adequate “showing of interest,” which, as a practical matter, requires that the petition be supported by authorization cards signed by at least 30% of the employees in the group the union seeks to represent.
  25. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, §20910.
  26. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, §20910.

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