|Posted:||July 11, 2018 09:05 AM|
|From:||Representative Kate A. Klunk|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Introduction of Legislation to Ensure Public Employees Are Aware of Janus Rights|
|Please find attached a copy of legislation I will be introducing soon to address changes I believe need to be made to the Public Employe Relations Act (Act 195 of 1970) because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27th decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case. As you may know, the Janus decision overturned the Court’s previous ruling in the 1977 Abood v. Detroit decision which allowed unions to require public employees, who are not union members, to pay a “fair share” fee to public labor unions. In Janus, the Court ruled that requiring a non-consenting employee to pay a fair share fee violates the First Amendment by requiring workers to financially support a union that supports issues they may disagree with. The Janus decision holds that a public employee cannot be forced to pay a fair share fee - or any other money they did not consent to pay - to a public labor union.
My legislation is intended to protect the rights of individuals in a collective bargaining unit who are not members of the representative union (before Janus “fair share fee” payers). My legislation proposes the following four changes to Act 195:
My legislation deals strictly with the subject area of the Janus decision. It does not affect the ability of public sector unions to continue to collect union dues through payroll deduction for members of the union.
Introduced as HB2571