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Union Wage Deductions laws proposed from ALEC???

News reports are buzzing about the “American Legislative Executive Counsel” or ALEC.  “ALEC” claims to be a “Non-Parisian” membership association for state legislators.  What is now being made public is that ALEC has been guiding many state legislators to introduce bills that would help “Corporate America”.   The list of proposed bills is so long it would take a day just to read them all to you. Here is one coming up in our New Hampshire State Legislature next year.  (Note the bills are only title as of right now)

2012-H-2059-R HB 
Relative to the withholding from wages of union dues.
Sponsors:
(Prime) DeLemus, Susan   –    Straf 01

 Without seeing the bill I would venture to guess it would read something like this:

A BILL to amend the Code of ________ by adding a section relating to the payroll deduction policy of public employers.

Section 1. {Short Title} This Act shall be known as the Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act.

Section 2. {Legislative Declarations} The legislature finds and declares: A. Employee organizations have no inherent Constitutional, nor statutory right, to deduct

membership dues for any purpose by automatic payroll deductions;

B. That it is in the interest of this State’s citizens to ensure that government resources, including public employee time, public property or equipment, and supplies be used exclusively for activities that are essential to carrying out the necessary functions of government;

C. That necessary governmental functions do not include using government resources to confer the special convenience of deducting membership dues from members’ and non- members’ paychecks for any private individual or organization, public employee unions and their members;

This is a word for word copy of the proposed bill on “Public Employer Payroll Reduction Policy Act” form the ALECExposed.org site.

Would you like more proof that these laws are making it into New Hampshire House.  Take a look at HB474 the “Right To Work” bill as proposed:

RIGHT TO WORK ACT
273-D:1 Short Title. This act may be cited as the “Right to Work Act.”
273-D:2 Declaration of Public Policy. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state in order to maximize individual freedom of choice in the pursuit of employment and to encourage an employment climate conducive to economic growth, that all persons shall have, and shall be protected in the exercise of, the right freely, and without fear of penalty or reprise, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from any such activity.
273-D:3 Definitions. In this chapter:
I. “Employer” means any individual, corporation, association, organization, or entity that employs one or more persons. The term includes, but is not limited to, the state of New Hampshire and its agencies, every district, board, commission, instrumentality, or other unit whose governing body exercises similar governmental powers. The term “employer” includes, but is not limited to, employers of agricultural labor.
II. “Labor organization” means any organization of any kind, or agency or employee representation committee or plan, which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of work, or other conditions of employment.
273-D:4 Freedom of Choice Guaranteed, Discrimination Prohibited. No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
I. To resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;
II. To become or remain a member of a labor organization;
III. To pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;
IV. To pay 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 of a labor organization; or
V. To be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared by or through a labor organization.

Now look at the ALEC Version. It is almost Word For Word.

Section 1. { Title.} This Act may be cited as the Right to Work Act.

Section 2. {Declaration of public policy.} It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of (state), in order to maximize individual freedom of choice in the pursuit of employment and to encourage an employment climate conducive to economic growth, that the right to work shall not be subject to undue restraint or coercion. The right to work shall not be infringed or restricted in any way based on membership in, affiliation with, or financial support of a labor organization.

Section 3. {Labor organization.} 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.

Section 4. {Freedom of choice guaranteed, discrimination prohibited.} No person shall be required, 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;

(C) to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;

(D) 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

(E) to be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared by or through a labor organization.

You decide are some of New Hampshire’s Legislatures doing what is right for New Hampshire or what is right for ALEC and their corporate sponsors?

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