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DOJ: Guardsmen on State Active Duty May Unionize

May 25, 2022

From the National Guard Association of the United States website

Photograph off this NGAUS website article

The Department of Justice says National Guard soldiers and airmen serving on state active duty can form labor unions.

The announcement comes despite a federal law making unionizing on active federal duty a criminal felony for military members, including Guard members in a federal status.

The DOJ conceded the federal ban doesn’t stop Guard personnel on state duty from unionizing in a federal lawsuit settled in Connecticut last week.

The lawsuit was filed by labor unions arguing Connecticut Guard members on state duty ordered by Gov. Ned Lamont, D, can seek collective bargaining rights.

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