Senate Right to Work Bill is an ALEC Ripoff Bill

At the end of last week, Mike Folmer, Scott Wagner of other Republicans senators introduced Right to Work legislation.   Save the shock for another time, but the bill they introduced happens to be extremely similar to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) model Right to Work legislation.  On top of drafting model Right to Work Legislation, the organization has drafted model legislation on repealing prevailing wages and passing “paycheck protection,” which happen to be legislative priorities.

Listed below are some parts of Senator Folmer and Senator Wagner’s bill and ALEC’s model legislation.

On “labor organizations”

“Labor organization.” An organization, or an agency or employee representation committee, plan or arrangement in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers, public or private, concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment or conditions of work. (SB 650)

The term “labor organization” means any organization of any kind, or agency or employee representation committee or union, that exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning wages, rates of pay, hours of work, other conditions of employment, or other forms of compensation. (ALEC)

On “dues”

Dues, fees and charges.–No person shall be required to pay or refrain from paying dues, fees or charges of any kind to a labor organization or to a charity or other third party in lieu of the payments to a labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment.

to pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges regularly required of members of a labor organization; or

Becoming to remaining a member?

Membership.–No person shall be required to become or remain a member of a labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment

(A) to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;

(B) to become or remain a member of a labor organization;

Violations?

Section 5. Violations.

(a) Offense defined.–A person violates this act if the person:

(1) directly or indirectly imposes on another person a requirement or compulsion prohibited by this act;

(2) makes an agreement, written or oral, express or implied, to directly or indirectly impose on another person a requirement or compulsion prohibited by this act; or

(3) engages in a lockout, layoff, strike, work stoppage, slowdown, picketing, boycott or other action or conduct, the purpose or effect of which is to impose on any person, directly or indirectly, any requirement or compulsion prohibited by this act.

Any agreement, understanding, or practice, written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor organization and employer that violates the rights of employees as guaranteed by provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect. Any strike, picketing, boycott, or other action by a labor organization for the sole purpose of inducing or attempting to induce an employer to enter into any agreement prohibited under this chapter is hereby declared to be for an illegal purpose and is a violation of the pro-visions of this chapter.

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