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CA Supreme Court to rule on case that could dramatically impact farm workers’ rights




 Washington, D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D- At Large) (R) speaks as President of Metropolitan Washington Labor Council of AFL-CIO Joslyn Williams, farm workers and their supporters listen during a news conference in front of the John A. Wilson District Building May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Washington, D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D- At Large) (R) speaks as President of Metropolitan Washington Labor Council of AFL-CIO Joslyn Williams, farm workers and their supporters listen during a news conference in front of the John A. Wilson District Building May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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A ruling today by California's highest court in a legal battle between the union launched by labor leader Cesar Chavez and one of the nation's largest fruit farms could dramatically reduce the power of organized farm labor in the state.

The California Supreme Court was expected to decide Monday whether a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts is unconstitutional.

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With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Sudhin Thanawala, legal affairs reporter at the Associated Press; he covers federal and state courts; he tweets @SudhinT 

Armando Elenes, national vice president of the United Farm Workers

David Schwarz, attorney for Gerawan Farming and lead counsel for the CA Supreme Court case; he's a partner at the LA-based firm Irell & Manella

Philip Martin, professor of agricultural and resource economics and farm labor expert at UC Davis