NY Farm Bureau declares victory in farmworker lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought collective bargaining rights for farmworkers, satisfying a request from New York Farm Bureau.

The lawsuit challenged a more than century-old law that exempts farm workers from the right to organize. Filed in May by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), a not-for-profit focused on defending civil liberties and civil rights, the lawsuit asked the state Supreme Court to declare the exclusion unconstitutional.

“The Court’s decision is a major victory for New York’s family farms,” Farm Bureau stated in a release announcing the Jan. 3 decision by state Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally Jr.

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