Speaking of important court decisions, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rendered one a few weeks ago that can have major repercussions on unionizing efforts moving forward. The case stems from a 1975 state regulation implemented in California that allowed union organizers to enter an agricultural employer’s private property for the purpose of recruiting and organizing workers. The specific regulation, which was championed by Caesar Chavez and his farmworker movement back in the 1970s, provided that union reps could meet with farm workers for an hour before and after work as well as during lunch breaks for up to as many as 120 days per year. Six years ago, the employer, Cedar Point Nursery, found union organizers meeting with workers on his property without having given any proper notice and he challenged the provisions unsuccessfully before the California Agricultural Labor Relations Council. Cedar Point then appealed that decision through the courts with SCOTUS finally hearing it in March of this year. By a vote of 6-3, the court found the regulation constituted a physical taking of private property without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The decision, although only affecting California farm worker unionizing efforts in the short term may have far-reaching effects on other union organizing activities in the future.