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Hawaii’s Governor Vetoes Card Check

hawaiiYesterday, Hawaiian Governor Linda Lingle vetoed House Bill 952, the state version of card check.

Like it’s ugly older sibling, the Hawaiian version of EFCA would “have taken away the right of workers to vote by secret ballot on whether or not they would want to join a union, replacing it with authorization cards. … [I]f a majority of a company’s workers signed the cards, the union would automatically be recognized and free to bargain with management.”

Gov. Lingle vetoed the bill along with four other bills and issued a statement:

“It is important that government not send the wrong message to employers and not make it harder or more expensive for them to keep and retain good staff,” she said in a statement. “In addition, it is important for government to respect the rights of employees who are in the work force.”

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