From Conservative Brief:
The nation’s highest court has struck down a California regulation that allowed union organizers to access agricultural farm workers on private property.
The Court held that the California regulation violated the 5th and 14th Amendments.
The court voted 6-3 against the 1975 regulation that required agricultural employers to allow union organizers onto their property to talk to the workers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Here is the opinion in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid: https://t.co/piNBdfOPpI.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 23, 2021
The state Agricultural Labor Relations Act granted collective-bargaining rights to farmworkers who were not included in union-organizing protection under the National Labor Relations Act.
The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board granted union organizers blanket authorization to meet with workers on employer property during nonwork hours.
The court ruled that the regulation violated growers’ private property rights.
“The Founders recognized that the protection of private property is indispensable to the promotion of individual freedom,” the court’s opinion read.
“This Court agrees, having noted that protection of property rights is ‘necessary to preserve freedom’ and ’empowers persons to shape and to plan their own destiny in a world where governments are always eager to do so for them.’”
The regulation was put in place after Cesar Chavez’s farmworker movement that argued in the 1970s that farmworkers were hard to reach outside of the fields, according to the WSJ.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that “the access regulation is not germane to any benefit provided to agricultural employers or any risk posed on the public.”
“The access regulation grants labor organizations a right to invade the growers’ property. It, therefore, constitutes a per se physical taking,” he wrote.
The Supreme Court has handed down a slew of major rulings lately.
The Court rejected a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy after Biden ended it earlier this month.
On Monday, SCOTUS declined to hear a bid by health insurance companies to seek full reimbursement from the federal government under a provision of the Obamacare law aimed at encouraging them to offer medical coverage to uninsured Americans.
The Court delivered a 9-0 ruling that the NCAA did violate antitrust laws and sided in favor of the student-athletes, over the NCAA rules that limited certain compensation.
The U.S. Supreme Court embraced religious rights over LGBT rights on Thursday by ruling in favor of a Catholic Church-affiliated agency that sued after Philadelphia refused to place children for foster care with the organization because it barred same-sex couples from applying to become foster parents.
The 9-0 ruling, written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, was a victory for Catholic Social Services, part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The court said that the city’s refusal to use the Catholic agency for foster care services unless it agreed to certify same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion.
This article was originally posted at Conservative Brief.
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