With a newly solidified conservative Supreme Court majority, many in labor feel anti-union rulings could be coming and pro-labor rulings may be reversed.
Professor of criminal justice and sociology at the City University of New York and contributor to The Nation Magazine Nathan Newman discussed a few potential SCOTUS rulings and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Union rights for farm workers
Although the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is a great piece of legislation that protects workers rights to organize, it excludes the agriculture industry where many workers are exploited, said Newman.
This case is soon to be argued in the supreme court and deals with the ability of organizers to access farm workers. The organizers wish to reach the workers at their place of employment, but off of company time. Employers are prepared to argue that they have the right to expel anyone from their workplace, including the organizers.
Past rulings, such as the PruneYard Shopping Center ruling lend Newman to believe the organizers should have the ability to speak to workers in the workplace, separate from company time.
Unless there are drastic changes made to the high court, such as adding more justices or revoking lifetime appointment status, Newman fears many anti-labor decisions may come down. He said the progress made by organized labor and labor in general could be reversed with a simple vote of the SCOTUS.
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