November 16, 2017 / 2:51 AM / a year ago

Farmworker union challenges N.C. law restricting dues checkoffs, legal settlements

A North Carolina union filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday to challenge a state law that takes away farmworker unions’ ability to collect union dues via deductions from members’ paychecks and to enter into settlement agreements with agricultural employers.

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, represented by a coalition of public interest groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, claimed the law violates farmworkers’ constitutional rights and punishes the union for its organizing activity.

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