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Hawaii Gov Vetos Card Check

ACCE Webmaster on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 5:46:00 pm

As expected, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a Card Check provision that passed the state's legislature this spring.  This is the second year in a row the Republican Governor has vetoed such a measure.

The bill would have allowed union recognition and collective bargaining based on signed cards rather than secret ballot.  It would have applied to agricultural and domestic workers and independent contractors that are covered by state labor law, not the Federal Labor Relations Act.

Governor Lingle said: "Secret-ballot elections... provide employees with an opportunity to carefully consider their choice after being fully informed by both the union and the employer of the advantages and disadvantages of union representation."

It is unclear at this time whether the legislature has the 2/3 majority votes necessary to override Lingle's veto.

Click to read more from the Honolulu Advertiser.

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