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Four states to fight federal government on union measure

Four states say they’ll fight the federal government in a bid to preserve state measures that guarantee workers the right to secret ballots in union elections, the Associated Press reports.

The attorneys general from Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah pledged in a joint letter to “vigorously defend” amendments to their state constitutions passed by voters in November, the report says

The National Labor Relations Board has threatened to sue the states, saying the constitutional amendments conflict with current federal law.

Business groups have sought the constitutional amendments, saying they fear Congress could pass a new law requiring every employer to recognize a union if a majority of workers simply sign cards, the AP reports.

The attorneys general say the legal threat is misguided and that the NLRB should respect the voters’ decisions in their states.