The California Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to side with about 500 migrant farm workers in their labor battle over wages with a Salinas-area grower.

The farm workers contended in a class action that they should get paid their hourly wage for time spent riding to and from work on the grower’s busses. The grower, Royal Packing Co., required the workers to gather at one place in the morning and board company busses bound for the fields. Workers’ pay was docked if they drove their own cars to the fields.

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