On December 28, 2022, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) issued guidance regarding the implementation of AB 2183 which makes significant changes to the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Agricultural employers may now register online to enter into a labor peace compact pursuant to new Labor Code section 1156.35. A list of employers who have so registered will be made publicly available on the ALRB’s website.

On December 13, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), by a 3-2 majority, issued a very “consequential” decision in the case of Thryv, Inc. and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Like the ALRB, the NLRB’s standard remedy for unlawful terminations include backpay directly related to lost payroll and fringe benefits.

AB 2183 (Stone) is the latest attempt by the United Farm Workers to implement card check legislation in California. This bill was introduced early in 2022 despite the veto of the previous bill on this subject, AB 616 (Stone), by Governor Newsom last year. AB 2183 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is likely to move to the Assembly Floor the week of May 23rd. WG has been very active in opposition to the bill.

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