California Supreme Court Rules For Farmworkers, And Upholds Binding Mediation
by Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Posted: 2017-12-04 09:04:05 EST

California’s highest court decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement.

The state Supreme Court, overturning a lower court ruling, upheld a 2002 lawthat permits the state to order farmers and unions to reach binding contracts.

The Legislature passed the law after determining that farmers were refusing to negotiate with unionized workers. The law allows either side to ask for a neutral mediator and for that mediator to impose a contract covering wages and working conditions.

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