Resolution would make unionization votes secret

Resolution would make unionization votes secret

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposal to require company unionization elections to be conducted by secret ballot has gotten the OK from a Utah House committee.

House Joint Resolution 8 would amend the Utah Constitution and needs the approval of two-thirds of lawmakers to go on the 2010 ballot for a statewide vote. If passed by voters, the measure would take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

The measure's supporters say secret ballots would lessen or eliminate intimidation or pressure on unionization votes from either company officials or union representatives.

Current law allows for secret-ballot union votes if 30 percent of a company's employees petition the National Labor Relations Board.

The House Business and Labor Committee voted 8-5 on Tuesday to pass the resolution.


Information from: Deseret News

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