How many MFPE-killers will they bring this session? Two so far.
How many union-killers will they bring this session? Three so far.
The Senate Committee postponed a vote on this bill today for some unknown reason. Maybe it's because they realize that, in addition to union dues, public employees can have 350+ other voluntary deductions taken from their paychecks, including NRA contributions.
SB 89 is a bad bill.
The only proponent was and out-of-state, Koch-funded schill for Americans for Prosperity.
There's still time to call your Senator.
A full list of phone numbers and emails follows the article:
Public Unions Oppose Senate Bill 89 Banning Member Paycheck Deductions
KEMC | By Kevin Trevellyan
Published January 25, 2021 at 9:27 PM MST
A Montana lawmaker introduced a bill Monday that would require public unions, not employers, to collect dues from members. Union representatives oppose the bill.
Senate Bill 89 would bar public employers from deducting dues from a union member’s paycheck.
Republican Sen. Keith Regier of Kalispell said the proposal aligns Montana with the spirit of a watershed 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying public employees don’t have to pay dues to unions that collectively bargain on worker’s behalf.
“To have union dues as withholding can give the impression that it’s also mandatory to belong to a union," Regier said.
The bill hearing featured one proponent, a lobbyist for the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Montana. More than two dozen public and private union representatives testified in opposition to the bill.
Montana Federation of Public Employees President Amanda Curtis said public employers use automated deductions for various other non-mandatory payments, including to utilities, charities and auto loan providers.
The Senate State Administration Committee hasn’t yet scheduled a vote on Senate Bill 89.