NC House Passes "Right To Work" Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A bill outlawing any contract that makes union hiring a requirement has passed the North Carolina House.

The proposal was approved Thursday over the objections of Democrats who said it violates the National Labor Relations Act.

Republican Rep. Tom Murry of Morrisville said the proposal is meant to prevent unfair business practices.

Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville said federal law says employment conditions are a matter for the parties in a deal to decide for themselves, not the government. He said the bill would guarantee a costly court challenge, which has happened in other states that have passed similar laws.

North Carolina already has laws forbidding employers from making union membership mandatory.

The bill now goes to the Senate.