Georgia already has some of the key anti-union laws that states like Wisconsin and Indiana have been fighting it out over in the past year. But that doesn’t mean they can’t try to pass even harsher anti-union laws. The state Senate is considering a bill that would basically make it illegal for unions to picket—or impossible for them to do so within tightened legal restrictions, anyway. Alternet’s Sarah Jaffe writes that since “criminal trespass” and “conspiracy to commit criminal trespass” could draw felony penalties of up to a year in prison or a $10,000 fine and are “specifically included in a bill that cracks down on organizations’ right to picket outside a workplace or company[, it] seems to indicate that a union or other group engaged in picketing could be charged with a crime for the activity of one member who crosses the line.”
What’s particularly disturbing is that this seems to have been introduced in response to a specific action by Occupy Atlanta and unions to protest layoffs at AT&T.
h/t: Laura Clawson at Daily Kos Labor
My senator is actually sponsoring this, so that’s fun in a not fun at all way.