Organizing/Political- Ala. Senate votes to strengthen right-to-work law – seattlepi.com

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Mar. 7, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would add the state’s right-to-work law to the document, a change that proponents say could attract more industry but that opponents call anti-middle class.

The Senate passed the legislation 21-10, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats no. The vote came after Republicans blocked stalling tactics by Democrats.

The legislation now goes to the House. If passed by the House, it won’t take effect unless approved by Alabama voters in next year’s general election. It could become the second amendment to Alabama’s constitution pushed by business groups and Republican legislators who say they want Alabama to be a “y’all come” state.

The right-to-work law provides that employees can’t be required to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. The proposed constitutional amendment mirrors that by saying, “An employer may not require a person, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, to pay dues, fees or other charges of any kind to any labor union or labor organization.”

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