- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republicans were unable to muster enough votes to put “right-to-work” language in the Alabama Constitution saying workers can’t be required to join unions.

The proposed constitutional amendment narrowly failed Thursday in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers were three votes short of the 63 needed.

The proposal is largely symbolic since Alabama is already a “right-to-work’ state. State law for decades has prohibited making union membership a condition of employment.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said putting the language in the Alabama Constitution sends a positive message to industries.

Hubbard said Republicans did not have enough legislators in the chamber when the vote was taken. Lawmakers are expected to try again on Tuesday.

Democrats questioned the need to put the language in the Constitution and called it an anti-worker and anti-union bill.

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