The Missouri Senate is going to be debating a bill today that would eliminate the right of employees to use paycheck deductions to pay union dues and make it much harder for employees to make voluntary contributions to unions. While we have been repeatedly told that public educators prefer using paycheck deductions and that it doesn’t create any additional burden for school districts since they already allow paycheck deductions for a variety of reasons. The only reason for this bill is to attack the voice of public employees and chip away at the rights they have protected under the Missouri constitution.
Use the following link to contact your representative and let them know you don’t support attacks on Missouri workers: http://progressmissouri.pnstate.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=3393.
Read the full action alert from Missouri NEA after the jump…
REVISED ACTION ALERT – SENATE TO DEBATE PAYCHECK DECEPTION BILL
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, please use the link below to send your message using the Missouri NEA action alert message currently hosted by Progress Missouri, a coalition partner.
The Senate is expected to take up a bill attacking labor unions on February 19. SB 29 (Dan Brown) eliminates the ability of public labor union members to use payroll deduction to pay their dues.
The bill also imposes unnecessary and burdensome paperwork requirements on voluntary contributions by public union employees for political contributions.
The Association strongly opposes this bill. Paycheck deception laws at their core are an attempt to limit the voices of educators, union members, and other public employees through their membership in groups like Missouri NEA.
Under law and school board policy, requests for payroll deductions must be authorized by the individual employee and the school district must also deduct any costs associated with any requested payroll deduction.
All employees have the constitutional right to an effective union voice in their employment and to work together to support political campaigns without undue interference from state policies that would undermine those rights.
ACTION NEEDED: Your help is needed! IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, please call, write or e-mail to urge your State Senator to oppose SCS/SB 29. The following link will connect you to the MNEA Action Alert Message, temporarily hosted by Progress Missouri:
YOUR MESSAGE WILL HAVE A GREATER IMPACT IF YOU PERSONALIZE THE MESSAGE AND ADD YOUR OWN CONCERNS REGARDING THE BILL.