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Maine Barlow and Tabb Labor Union Bills (1948)

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The Maine Barlow and Tabb Labor Union Bills was on the September 13, 1948 ballot in Maine as a indirect initiated state statute, where both potential bills were defeated.[1] The ballot allowed voters to choose one of the three following options:[2]

  • In favor of the Barlow Bill, which would have protected "the right to work" while also prohibiting secondary boycotts, sympathetic strikes and jurisdictional strikes
  • In favor of the Tabb Bill, which would have protected the right of member and non-members of labor organizations to the opportunity to work
  • Against both measures

Voters overwhelmingly voted against both versions of the "right to work" legislation.

Election results

Maine Barlow and Tabb Labor Union Bills (1948)
Defeatedd Yes Barlow Bill 46,809 25.06%
Defeatedd Yes Tabb Bill 13,676 7.32%
Approveda No Both Bills 126,285 67.62%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1910-

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.

Mark a cross (X) or a check mark (✓) in the square of your choice.


Shall a bill entitled, "AN ACT to Protect the Right to Work and to Prohibit Secondary Boycotts, Sympathetic Strikes and Jurisdictional Strikes," become a law? (Barlow Bill) YES BARLOW BILL [ ]

Shall a bill entitled, "AN ACT Protecting the Right of Members and Non-members of the Labor Organizations to the Opportunity to Work," become a law? (Tabb Bill) YES TABB BILL [ ]

Against both measures. NO BOTH MEASURES [ ]

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