Idaho State AFL-CIO & Building Trades Council Challenge Ag-Gag Law


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Another group is challenging the new so-called “Ag-Gag” law. The Idaho State AFL-CIO, together with the Idaho Building Trades Council, will ask the court to accept a amicus brief on behalf of Idaho’s workers who would be adversely affected by the law’s enactment.

The group issued the following statement: “With much of the conversation rightly focused on animal welfare, we want Idahoans and the court to also understand that this law has the potential to imperil workers, and infringes on workers’ rights to a safe workplace,” said Rian Van Leuven, President of the Idaho State AFL-CIO. “If a worker wanted to demonstrate that worker safety was being jeopardized by unsafe conditions—such as an unventilated manure pit, broken equipment, or an electrocution hazard—and they took a photo of such conditions, they’d be subject to criminal penalties. That runs against everything we stand for.”

The group said “Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries. The injury rate for agricultural workers is 40% higher than that for other jobs, and the job-related fatality rate for agricultural work is seven times higher than the average for all workers, according to OSHA. Machinery, electrocution, and environmental hazards are among the leading causes of agricultural deaths, according to the National Farm Medicine Center.”

Earlier this month the ACLU announced they planned to fight the new law.

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