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Pro-Union Bill in Contention in Florida

By: Matt Roush Email
By: Matt Roush Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ House and Senate panels are considering
a state constitutional amendment that would thwart a potential
pro-union federal law.

The state legislation (HJR 10134, SJR 1908) is aimed at a
federal bill dubbed the Employee Free Choice Act that Congress has
yet to pass.

The federal proposal would let workers unionize through a ``card
check'' rather than secret-ballot vote.

Panels in both chambers are scheduled Wednesday to vote on the
state proposal, which would require secret-ballot elections.

Unions argue elections expose workers to harassment or
retribution by employers. Businesses support elections, contending
they protect workers from union harassment.

President Barack Obama has signaled he would support the bill if
it passes Congress.


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