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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Labor Unions Given New Protections For Communications With Workers

    Beginning this fall, confidentiality privileges long enjoyed by attorneys and their clients will be extended to labor organizations and their members, raising concerns that these new protections could interfere with federal law.

    One of hundreds of bills that came across Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk for his signature earlier this month, the new law will protect union representatives from having to disclose information received in confidence from an unhappy union member during grievance proceedings.

    According to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, the new law will extend the confidentiality clause applied to relationships between physicians and patients, psychologists and patients, clergy and parishioners, and attorneys and clients to unions and employees. Certain information disclosed under these relationships are protected as confidential by one of the oldest parts of common law.
    Labor unions given new protection for communications with workers – MarylandReporter.com

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    Obscurity has no heroes.

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    Default Re: Labor Unions Given New Protections For Communications With Workers

    During Senate debate in March, Frosh disputed Republican attacks that the bill was unfair to business owners and should be extended to them as well rather than just unions and their representatives.

    “This bill is not about protecting the union,” Frosh argued, “it’s about protecting the employee.”

    Frosh said a union representative is acting on behalf of employees and their grievances before management, which is not the case in a relationship between employers and their employees. Supporters have said the extended protections will allow employees to utilize unions without fear that their words could threaten their job.

    The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Delegates along party lines, with the majority of Republicans opposing it.
    "With the majority of Republicans opposing it". Guess the business class just can't stand not having their own way. Also opposing this bill was the Maryland Camber of Commerce. No huge surprise there either.

    IMO it's a small win for organized labor. Any win these days is a good thing.

 

 

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