Arkansas Labor Rights, Proposed Amendment 59 (1976)

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The Arkansas Amendment of Labor Rights Amendment, also known as Proposed Amendment 59, appeared as an initiated constitutional amendment in Arkansas where it was defeated on the ballot on November 2, 1976.[1]

This amendment would have exempted employers and employees from the provisions of the Arkansas Constitution's Rights of Labor Amendment if certain conditions were met.

Election results

Proposed Amendment 59 (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No465,34364.41%
Yes 257,111 35.59%

Official results via: Arkansas Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

An Amendment to Amendment No. 34. "Rights Of Labor," to the Constitution of Arkansas: to continue those provisions of Amendment No. 34 which prohibit denial of employment because of membership in, affiliation with, resignation from, or refusal to join a Labor Union, prohibit any contract which denies employment because of membership in, refusal to join, or resignation from a Labor Union, and prohibit compelling of the payment of Labor Organization Dues as a condition of employment; but to provide that the foregoing provisions shall not apply if three conditions are met:
  • (a) employees in an existing bargaining unit vote by secret ballot majority vote to remove then in an election conducted by an Arkansas State Agency,
  • (b) the affected employer agrees to contract for Labor Union membership as a condition of employment, and
  • (c) all employees may participate or not participate in Labor Union meetings and similar activities; to continue the enforcement power of the General Assembly; but to give the Arkansas Department of Labor (or department designated by the Governor) the power to establish rules and regulations for employee elections and to conduct such elections; and for other purposes.

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  1. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Initiatives and Amendments 1938-2010"
  2. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. REFERENDA AND PRIMARY ELECTION MATERIALS [Computer file]. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR00006.v1