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Bill aims to limit union organization, picketing

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Mississippi senators want to restrict some union organizing and picketing practices, as well as local laws that might benefit workers.

The Republican-led Senate passed three bills Thursday on mostly party-line votes. The bills now go to the House.

Senate Bill 2473 says that it's illegal to coerce a business into staying neutral in a union drive or allowing workers to choose union representation by signing cards instead of by secret ballot. Businesses could sue anyone who engaged in coercion

Another measure says workers can't engage in mass pickets that block entrances or damage property.

A third measure, Senate Bill 2797, says cities and counties can't force contractors to use union labor.

Supporters say that bill also bars localities from forcing contractors to pay wages higher than the federal minimum.

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