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Georgia Senate approves bill that aims to restrict the ways workers can form unions

Workers of the world, unite – but only if you hold a secret election first.

That’s what the state Senate said Thursday when it passed on party lines a labor union bill backed by Gov. Brian Kemp. Senate Bill 362 bars businesses that open shop in Georgia from receiving state incentives if they recognize labor unions, unless workers vote to unionize with a secret ballot.

Georgia state Supreme Court chief tells lawmakers justice system needs better pay to move cases

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael P. Boggs told state legislators Wednesday that while courts throughout the state have made strides in reducing the backlog of cases built up during the pandemic, a substantial staffing shortage threatens the ability of courts to move cases through the system.