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Card Check Passes in Hawaii

ACCE Webmaster on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 4:51:00 pm

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported this week that a Card Check provision passed both houses of the Hawaii legislature.  A similar bill passed last year and was vetoed by Gov. Lingle.  The Star-Bulletin's account is below:

The Democrat-controlled state House and Senate gave final approval yesterday to the measure, which permits a union to be certified if a majority of workers sign union authorization cards.

The proposal is mostly limited to agriculture businesses because they’re not covered by federal labor rules, and it exempts businesses with less than $5 million in annual revenues. Similar legislation expanding unions in many more industries nationwide is pending in the U.S. Congress.

The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who vetoed a previous “card check” bill last year. Lawmakers would then have to decide whether to use their overwhelming majorities to override her veto, which they declined to do last year.

Check back for more on this important emerging issue.

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