In a possible test of federal labor law, Georgia could make it harder for some workers to join a union

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's ruling Republicans want to make it harder for workers at companies receiving economic incentives to join unions, in a move that could be a test of current federal law. The state Senate voted 31-23 Thursday to approve a bill backed by Gov. Brian Kemp that would ban companies that accept incentives from recognizing unions without a formal, secret ballot. This would prevent unions from voluntarily gaining recognition from a company after engaging the majority of workers. Labor leaders and Democrats argue the bill violates federal law. Georgia's bill is modeled after a law passed in Tennessee last year. But there could be similar laws in many other states.

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