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Workers' Rights: "A Futile Gesture"

By Josh Feit December 7, 2009

State Rep. Mike Sells (D-38), labor Democrat and sponsor of last year's controversial workers' privacy bill, says the bill "will not come up this session."

Citing last year's "dust up with the governor and the speaker [and the senate leader Lisa Brown]," [who all opposed passing the bill] Sells said it would be a "futile gesture" to bring the proposal back this year.

The bill would have made it illegal for management to compel workers to come to meetings— like ones about union drives.

Sells says the Oregon legislature passed a version of the bill earlier this year, and local legislators are keeping an eye on that to see what effect it has—perhaps improving chances of passing it in Washington in 2011.

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