Southern states target union organizing amid labor push

The UAW said in February it would launch a $40 million organizing campaign in states.
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Vance, Ala. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Republican legislators in three Southern states are advancing measures that would withhold state money from companies that voluntarily recognize labor unions as those unions make new pushes to organize workers at automotive factories.

Alabama’s Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee this week approved legislation that would bar state economic development incentives from companies that voluntarily recognize a union, or voluntarily disclose employee contact information to labor organizations.

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