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Unions Seek Bargaining Rights for National Guard Members

November 23, 2021

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Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, the adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, visits soldiers providing security support at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut, Jan. 17, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Labor unions filed a lawsuit Monday seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members on active state duty ordered by the governor, saying they should be entitled to organize the same way as civilian state employees.

A 1978 federal law makes it a criminal felony for members of the armed forces, including the National Guard, to join or attempt to form a labor organization. But the statute only applies to service members when they are on active federal duty ordered by U.S. military officials, according to the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School.

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