The New York Farm Bureau has asked the State Supreme Court in Albany for intervenor status in a lawsuit that is seeking to provide collective bargaining rights for farm workers.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed the lawsuit in May, and both Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have indicated that they will not defend the state’s law.

New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton said:

“New York Farm Bureau has a century long record of defending the state’s family farms, and today’s action is one of the most important in our long history. If we can’t count on our state leaders to do the right thing in this case, we are prepared to stand up for our members in court to protect their rights.”

We share the Farm Bureau’s view that traditional collective bargaining does not work in the farming industry, and that the issue should be determined by the state’s elected representatives, rather than in the courts.