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Labor Reform Gains Momentum in Tennessee Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee General Assembly members took key steps yesterday to secure both public- and private-sector workers’ freedoms in the Volunteer State, where Workers for Opportunity has rallied for employee protections.

Safeguarding the Right to Secret-Ballot Union Elections

In the Tennessee House Commerce Committee, members passed HB 1342, which would protect private-sector workers’ right to a secret-ballot union election in workplaces that receive state economic incentives. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Cameron Sexton.“Much like voters enjoy the right to privacy at the ballot box,” Workers for Opportunity Senior Policy Advisor Vincent Vernuccio explained, “Tennessee workers should have the right to make a private decision about unionization in the workplace.” Protecting Employees’ Paychecks Meanwhile, the Tennessee House K-12 Subcommittee passed HB 329, which would end the practice of automatically deducting union dues from teachers’ paychecks at taxpayers’ expense.“The government should not be the bills collector for union dues,” said Workers for Opportunity Senior Policy Advisor Vincent Vernuccio, “especially when those unions are affiliated with national organizations that do not respect Tennessee taxpayers’ values.”

Workers for Opportunity is a project of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. WFO’s goal is to advance the liberty of employees across the country and protect their First Amendment rights by ensuring they have a full and informed choice in union membership.

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