The California dairy industry rejoiced late Tuesday night when California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the card-check bill, SB104.

If SB 104 had been signed into law, a union would have been able to gain representation of a bargaining unit by submitting a petition accompanied by representation cards that had been signed by a majority of the unit. After submission of a petition, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board would have five days to conduct an investigation into the legitimacy of the cards and then certify the union as the exclusive bargaining representative for the applicable set of employees.

Opponents of the bill believed that eliminating secret-ballot elections would have given a green light to worker intimidation, coercion and bullying from union leaders.

Steep penalties would have gone hand-in-hand with SB 104.

Read Governor Brown’s veto message.