Farmworkers Blast Governor Cooper for Signing a Bill They Say Hurts Their Ability to Unionize

Farmworkers Blast Governor Cooper for Signing a Bill They Say Hurts Their Ability to Unionize

Farmworkers were joined by other activists outside Raleigh’s Capitol building Tuesday to denounce a bill that they say threatens their ability to organize.

Senate Bill 615, signed by Governor Cooper last Wednesday, makes it illegal for farmers to deduct voluntary union dues from their workers’ paychecks and also prohibits workers from reaching a legal settlement as part of a union agreement.

Justin Flores, vice president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, says it’s a shameful attack on the union’s ability to raise funds and hobbles a proven strategy for farmworkers who are already earning very little in reaching agreements with their employers.

“It’s not gonna stop our work.…

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