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Public union bill passes Senate

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Michigan Senate

A bill to provide Michigan’s public sector unions with contact information for employees in workplaces they represent passed the Michigan Senate today.

The bill would require employers to share data like workers’ names, home addresses, and personal phone numbers every 90 days.

Republican Senator Thomas Albert says that’s too much.

“It moves beyond reasonably assisting legitimate communication between a union and the employees it represents into an unwarranted invasion of privacy into a potential misuse of information.”

But Democratic Senator John Cherry says employees aren’t supposed to talk with their union representatives while on the clock.

“So if they can’t use their work email or their work phone to talk to their union representative, then that does need to be done outside of work hours, which typically means it’s at home.”

The bill now heads to the state House.

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