BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts
Attorney General Maura Healey announced Oct. 13 she has led a group of
attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the U,S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) revised interpretation
of the Persuader Rule, a longstanding provision of the
Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).
Healey’s office believes its
actions will help encourage greater transparency and fairness in union
elections. The brief supports the USDOL’s new interpretation of
the Persuader Rule. Under the provision, employers and their consultants must
file public reports about activities undertaken to persuade employees about
their rights to organize.
“The right of workers to organize
and bargain collectively is fundamental,” Healey said. “This rule creates a
more level playing field for workers and employers by making the process
transparent for all.”
Healey was joined in the brief by
the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia,
Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
Assistant attorney general Karla
Zarbo handled the case for Massachusetts, with assistance from division chief
Cynthia Mark, both of the attorney general's Fair Labor Division.