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New York Farm Worker Suit Examines The Meaning Of ‘Employee’

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There’s a lawsuit now in New York that could expand the rights of farm workers. Under state law, farm workers aren’t allowed to bargain collectively, but the state Constitution may say something different. The complaint The part of the New York State Constitution that matters is Article 1, Section 17. Here’s the relevant portion: Employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.  Aadhithi Padmanabhan of the New York Civil Liberties Union called the text crystal clear.

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Advocates Want Constitutional Convention Question On Front Of Ballot

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Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot.  Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it. Every 20 years, New Yorkers have the chance to vote on whether the state should hold a constitutional convention. If it’s approved, delegates are elected from each state Senate district, and they meet to decide on potential changes to the state’s constitution. A coalition that backs holding a convention said it could lose potential yes votes if the ballot proposal is not displayed on the front on the ballot when it next appears on Nov. 7.