Gov. Martin O'Malley signing bill into law in May.

On October 1, 2012, Maryland officially became the second state in the country—joining Illinois—to legally protect union members’ information. Back in May, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law making communication between union representatives and members involved in a grievance or arbitration “privileged information.” The new law means that management will no longer have legal grounds for demanding information about a member’s situation from union reps or shop stewards. For more about the new law read our previous article!