ERIC Number: ED254636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Arizona Farm Labor Law: In the Fields and in the Courts. A Review of the Arizona Farm Labor Law and a Review of Industrial Relations in Arizona Agriculture. Occasional Paper Number 13.
White, Harold C.; Gibney, William
Agricultural labor and management relations in Arizona were reviewed from the time of the passage of the Arizona Agricultural Relations Act in May 1972 until the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in August 1979 that the act was constitutional. Viewing the act as antilabor, the United Farm Workers (UFW) Union fought its passage. Church and Indian officials in the State also took part in the controversy surrounding the act. The period from 1973 through 1974 was marked by conflicts between the teamsters and the UFW; inconsistent court actions with respect to interpretation and enforcement of the act; and strikes, boycotts, and picket lines. These controversies continued into 1977, at which time greater press coverage was given to the issue of illegal Mexican aliens working in Arizona fields. During the latter half of 1977, farm labor activity was taken up by the Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP), a nonprofit corporation. Discontent in the fields increased into 1978, and eventually controversy erupted between the MCOP and UFW. Finally, in 1979 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Arizona act; however, the press coverage of labor and grower reaction to the Court's decision indicated that the decision seemed to have left more questions unanswered than it actually solved. (MN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Church Role, Comparative Analysis, County Programs, Court Litigation, Employer Employee Relationship, Farm Labor, Futures (of Society), Labor Conditions, Labor Demands, Labor Legislation, Labor Problems, Negotiation Impasses, Public Policy, State Legislation, Strikes, Tribes, Undocumented Immigrants, Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Bureau of Business and Economic Research.