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Calif. High Court OKs Farmworker Union Mediation Scheme

Law360, New York (November 27, 2017, 7:53 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state mechanism that sends union farmworkers and farms to contract mediation if they can't reach a collective bargaining agreement, reversing a Fifth District ruling that the law discriminates by holding farms to different standards.

The state high court rejected Gerawan Farming Inc.'s argument that the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act's so-called "mandatory mediation and conciliation" process violates the equal protection provisions of the federal and state constitutions, saying the California State Legislature had "a rational basis" for enacting...
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