Should a union representative have the same privilege as a priest?
A new Assembly bill would give some union officials the same shield afforded doctors, lawyers and clergy by protecting their communications with union members from disclosure to the authorities, even when they learn of a crime.
Unions sponsored the measure introduced by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez. The West Covina Democrat said the bill gives "needed protections from employers" by walling off discussions between a union agent and a union member about bargaining or employee discipline.
"Most employees ... assume that such communications are confidential," Hernandez said in an emailed statement sent by his staff to The Bee.