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Vol. 76/No. 13      April 2, 2012

Atlanta rally protests state law
attacking freedom of speech
ATLANTA—More than 1,500 people protested March 17 in front of the State Capitol here against a bill passed by the state Senate that restricts picketing and makes it harder for unions to have dues deducted from paychecks.

Members of some 20 unions participated. They were joined by immigrant rights activists and students.

SB 469 would add protesting at private residences to an already existing law that bans “mass picketing” that could “obstruct or interfere with” a workplace or public street, railroad or airport. In addition, any picketing that interferes “with the resident’s right to quiet enjoyment” would be banned. The bill allows bosses to sue those who carry out “prohibited activity” under the law.

The bill also says that deducting union dues from paychecks is only allowed with a written authorization, renewed annually, from the employee.

Dave Ferguson contributed to this article
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