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Farm Workers Challenge N.C. Law

(NORTH CAROLINA NEWS NETWORK) — Multiple civil rights groups are joining with farm workers to legally challenge a new law they say strips them of their right to bargain with employers. At issue is a provision of a state farm act signed by Governor Cooper earlier this year, according to Justin Flores with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.  Flores points out that more than 100,000 farmworkers provide labor to North Carolina farms, helping to generate more than a billion dollars for the state economy. Supporters of the bill say the farm community was under undue pressure to collect union dues and sign union contracts. At the time the legislation was passed last summer, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, a Duplin County farmer, said the N.C. Farm Bureau and other farm organizations requested the limits on unions.

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