HB 2643 VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2643?pubDate=2019-01-18-16-14
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HBL/Overview
This bill transfers responsibility to pay basic union fees for government workers to the government (taxpayers) for all public employees for collective bargaining and protecting rights of employees.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Undermines the 2018 US Supreme Court decision Janus vs. ASCFME which prohibits collecting fees from nonunion members, and taxpayers are nonunion members. Membership subsidizing the unions’ political activities remains voluntary under this bill but payment of fees for bargaining and employee rights is transferred to taxpayers.
This bill converts the ‘fair-share’ dues which were ruled illegal under Janus to a fee based on percentage of employees who are members, now to be paid by taxpayers and deposited into a separate account to be used by the unions for bargaining and protecting rights of employees. Establishes the Employment Relations Protection Account for deposits of assessed amounts, not to be used for political activity. The Janus decision wasn’t about use of funds, but forced contribution to unions. This is forced contribution by nonmembers (taxpayers). This bill assesses public employers (taxpayers) and distributes it to the labor organization.
Asking taxpayers to support union activities changes the relationship of unions, making them a quasi-agency.