One of the pro-union bills that will help us meet new members passed the Senate last night on a largely partisan line. Two republicans, Senators Fortunato and Miloscia, joined all democrats in giving unions increased access to new employees when they are hired. Though it was somewhat watered down by two amendments, it is a step in the right direction.
SB 6229 requires employers to give unions an opportunity to meet with new employees within 90 days (the original bill was 30 days) of their hire to discuss union membership. An amendment that employers must inform new employees that they are not required to attend the meeting with the union also passed.
The bill now heads to the House for its consideration.