Workers for Opportunity Applauds Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for Signing Landmark Worker Freedom Legislation

ATLANTA, GA — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s national Workers for Opportunity initiative applauds Gov. Brian Kemp for signing Senate Bill 362. A key legislative priority for Gov. Kemp, the legislation limits eligibility for receiving taxpayer incentive dollars to those companies that protect their employees’ right to a private ballot vote on unionization.

Workers for Opportunity proudly championed these efforts alongside our in-state allies at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

“Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Brian Kemp, Sen. Mike Hodges and Rep. Will Wade – this landmark legislation means that Georgia joins Tennessee as the second state in the nation to protect workers’ right to a private vote on whether to unionize at companies that receive taxpayer dollars," said Tony Daunt, senior director of Workers for Opportunity. “Georgia’s neighbor, Alabama, is also expected to enact a similar law in the coming days. It’s encouraging to see governors and legislatures, across the Southeast, protect and enhance workers' freedoms and the right-to-work. Workers for Opportunity is ready to support and advise leaders across the country as they advance reforms that protect employees’ privacy and right to a private ballot.”

Additional Resources:

  • Read more on this issue here from Vincent Vernuccio with Workers for Opportunity and Chris Denson with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

  • Vincent Vernuccio's testimony before the Georgia House Industry & Labor Committee on February 15th in support of this legislation can be viewed here.

  • Vincent Vernuccio's opinion piece with Georgia State Rep. Will Wade in the National Review titled The Georgia Model for Putting Workers’ Rights ahead of Union Demands can be read here.

  • Vincent Vernuccio's letter to the editor on Georgia's Secret Ballots and Union Hypocrisy in the Wall Street Journal can be read here.

To interview Vincent Vernuccio or Chris Denson about this issue and broader labor policy, please email


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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