Senate gives final approval to 3 anti-union bills

other_state_govBy Jeff Amy

Associated Press

JACKSON – Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as restrict governments’ abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.

The Senate gave final passage Wednesday to the three bills.

Senate Bill 2473 would make it illegal to coerce a business into neutrality in a union drive or to allow workers to choose union representation by signing cards instead of by secret ballot.

Senate Bill 2653 tries to restrict picketing.

Senate Bill 2797 says the Legislature would have to pass a law to allow any state or local government to make an agreement to use unionized workers on a project. Such a project labor agreement was used to build the Toyota Motor Corp. plant in Blue Springs.