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Right-to-work debate back in Concord today

April 03. 2012 11:26PM

CONCORD - Right-to-work and other legislation seeking to limit union powers return to the Senate today, having been passed by the House last month.

The Senate Commerce Committee is set to hold hearings on the right-to-work bill, HB 1677, and HB 1645, which would allow public sector employers to ask for votes to decertify a union.

A high priority for the House Republican leadership since the last session, the right-to-work bill was passed by the House last month, but short of the votes needed to override a veto from the governor.

The Senate also passed a right-to-work bill last session. It failed after the governor vetoed the meaure.

The Senate takes up a third bill targeting unions on Thursday, when the Executive Departments and Administration Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 383, which would eliminate fees to cover the costs of negotiating collective bargaining contracts for state workers who are not union members.

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