Los Angeles Grocery Worker Retention Law Struck Down By Court
Topics: Court Decisions
In December 2005, Los Angeles enacted a city ordinance that required that when a large non-union grocery store buys another grocery store, the new owner must retain most of the workers working under the previous owner. (For a copy of the ordinance, click here.)
A similar ordinance had been enacted in San Francisco andseveral smaller cities including Santa Monica and Gardena, and many in the grocery industry were fearful that other cities would continue the trend, or a similar state law could be passed.
The Los Angeles Ordinance was challenged in the courts by the California Grocers Association (CGA) as being unconstitutional and preempted by state and federal law. Yesterday, the Second District Court of Appeal issued its decision in the lawsuit, finding that the CGA's petition was valid. The Court of Appeal struck down the ordinance as being preempted by both the California Retail Food Code and the National Labor Relations Act. Unless the City of Los Angeles seeks and obtains a writ with the California Supreme Court, this decision should effectively wipe out the other similar ordinances and prohibit future attempts at similar type regulations.