Chambers Oppose Effort to Eliminate Ag Workers’ Voting Rights

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber partnered with the California Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to respectfully OPPOSE AB 2183 and label it as a Job Killer bill. Months after AB 616 (Stone) was vetoed by Governor Newsom, this bill seeks to eliminate an agricultural employee’s democratic right to cast an independent vote in a secret ballot election regarding whether to unionize, making them susceptible to coercion and misinformation. The bill also creates an unfair retaliation presumption against employers and imposes an unrealistic bond requirement on employers pursuing their legal right to appeal an order by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (“ALRB”).

The letter written in opposition of AB 2183 may be found here.