Yesterday, the Hawaii State Legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that gives thousands of workers the freedom to form unions without interference from their bosses. In a special session, the Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate overrode Gov. Linda Lingle’s veto of House Bill 952, which gives workers the freedom to choose unions through majority sign-up. The bill had passed the House by a 38-10 margin and the Senate on a 20-5 vote, both on May 5. In addition to the majority sign-up provision, the bill allows for first-contract arbitration if a company and its workers cannot reach agreement after 110 days. continue reading

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