United Farm Workers of America ("UFW"), the nation’s oldest and largest farm workers’ union, filed an amicus curiae brief opposing Iowa Code § 717A.3A, commonly referred to as Iowa's ag-gag law, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. UFW is represented by Advancing Law for Animals and Martínez Aguilasocho & Lynch.
In its brief, UFW joins the arguments of Plaintiffs-Appellees and other amici curiae, which articulate in detail how the ag-gag law violates the First Amendment. UFW further clarifies how the ag-gag law exposes an already-marginalized segment of the work force to increased risk of physical danger, harassment, sexual abuse, wage theft, and forced labor. Specifically, the ag-gag law interferes with the ability of UFW and farm workers it represents to (i) document evidence necessary for farm workers to vindicate their legal rights; (ii) petition courts and government agencies to redress legal grievances of farm workers; (iii) organize farm workers for collective-bargaining purposes; (iv) document evidence of conditions harmful to public safety and in violation of the public interest; and (v) engage with and educate retailers about conditions in the food supply chain that threaten workers, public health, the environment, and animals.
Plaintiffs Animal Legal Defense Fund, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bailing Out Benji, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Center for Food Safety successfully enjoined the ag-gag law in the district court. Defendants Iowa Governor, the Attorney General, and the Montgomery County Attorney appealed the ruling. UFW submitted briefing on appeal as an amicus curiae, someone who is not a party to the litigation, but who believes that the court's decision may affect its interest.