Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by having access to, and the ability to communicate with, their public employee members. The new law was enacted in response to public employee union concerns regarding the possible outcome of a case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.
In signing this bill, Governor Murphy acknowledged that the new law may be in conflict with the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision, but he is willing to work closely with the sponsors to enact any required changes. In addition, the Governor noted he is “sensitive to the privacy concerns of our public employees and recognize the need to prevent the improper use of personal identifying information collected under the terms of this act.” Therefore, the Governor has directed State agencies to develop “sufficient procedures to protect sensitive personal employee information and to restrict its use solely to achieve the act’s purposes” when implementing the law.
We suggest you review this new law with your administrator and labor attorney. For more on the provisions of the new law, please see our blog post.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 609-695-3481, Ext. 112.