Does the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) permit agricultural laborers to form a union and bargain collectively with their employer?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

Agricultural laborers do not have the right under the NLRA to unionize and bargain with their employer. To qualify as an agricultural laborer, the individual must engage in actual farming activities such as cultivation, tilling, growing, harvesting, and raising of livestock, poultry and bees as well as practices performed as incidental to or in conjunction with farming operations.