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house Bill H.R. 6412

Should Workers be Able to Cancel Automatic Deductions of Union Dues From Their Paychecks?

Argument in favor

This bill will allow employees to keep more of the money from their paycheck and prevent unions from using “window periods” to collect dues from employees who left the union for up to one year.

Jorge's Opinion
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08/13/2018
To those that voted no, would you feel the same if your union yearly donated millions of your earned dollars to the NRA?
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Fg's Opinion
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08/13/2018
You bet ! If you don’t think the union is representing your views either politicly or in the work place keep your hard earned bucks
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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08/14/2018
I’ve always been for unions to protect the safe working conditions of workers, but can anyone name any membership where once you quit, the group or service gets to reach in your pocket for up to a year and take dues against your will? In any other circumstance this would be called theft. If a corporation did this, many would add an additional moniker; greedy bastards! Maybe that fits too.
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Argument opposed

This bill is nothing more than an attempt to undercut unions’ finances by letting workers cancel the automatic deduction of their dues at any time and eliminating “window periods”.

Dicr's Opinion
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08/13/2018
If you didn’t want a union job you should have looked elsewhere. Why should you get union benefits without paying.
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08/13/2018
You should only allow workers to opt out if they also are willing to accept wages the union has not bargained for. You don't get union benefits without paying union dues. If you don't like it, take a job elsewhere!
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08/13/2018
Absolutely not! If you’re working in a unionized workplace, the union still has to collectively bargain on your behalf. This is essentially freeloading because you’re benefiting from union activities without paying dues. Right-to-work laws are a joke! They should be renamed right-to-work-for-less!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJuly 17th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 6412?

This bill ― the Employee Freedom Act ― would allow employees to cancel automatic deductions of union dues from their paychecks at any time. It’d also allow employers to unilaterally stop such deductions when the agreement establishing it expires. In some right-to-work states, workers who have left a union can still have dues deducted from their paychecks because of “window periods”, which can last for up to one year.

Impact

Union employees; and unions.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6412

A CBO estimate of this bill is unavailable.

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In-DepthIntroduced by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), this bill would allow employees to cancel automatic deductions of union dues from their paychecks at any time and put an end to "window periods":

“I have introduced the Employee Freedom Act to end the intimidating gimmicks unions have been using on hard-working Americans across the country. In right-to-work states, money can be automatically deducted from an individual’s paycheck as union dues even after the worker has left their union because of a ploy called a ‘window period.’  My bill would eliminate the window period for workers who leave unions in states which passed right-to-work laws to protect their salary from unions they no longer want to be associated with. It is time to stop unions from intimidating employees and collecting unwarranted dues. This Act represents a victory for Americans, who will take back control of their hard-earned income.”

Of NoteIn 2013, the NLRB overturned the 1962 ruling of Bethlehem Steel, which had established that an employer's union dues checkoff obligation expires along with the union contract. Due to a labor union tactic called “window periods,” employees in right-to-work states can remain subjected to involuntary payroll deductions for up to one year after leaving a union.


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Summary by Lucas McConnell

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Employee Freedom Act

Official Title

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit employers to unilaterally cease to deduct from the employee's paycheck dues owed by the employee to a labor organization when the agreement establishing such a deduction expires and to allow employees to cancel such deductions at any time.

    To those that voted no, would you feel the same if your union yearly donated millions of your earned dollars to the NRA?
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    If you didn’t want a union job you should have looked elsewhere. Why should you get union benefits without paying.
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    You should only allow workers to opt out if they also are willing to accept wages the union has not bargained for. You don't get union benefits without paying union dues. If you don't like it, take a job elsewhere!
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    Absolutely not! If you’re working in a unionized workplace, the union still has to collectively bargain on your behalf. This is essentially freeloading because you’re benefiting from union activities without paying dues. Right-to-work laws are a joke! They should be renamed right-to-work-for-less!
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    On a small short-term scale I agree with the frustration of not being able to exclude yourself from a union you don’t care about. However on the large long-term scale, these unions are a necessary security for workers’ rights and treatment.
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    They get union benefits, they pay union dues. I pay mine happily because I understand the value of workers collectively demanding fair wages and safe working environments.
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    Pure Union busting BS. No way. If you are a union member, work in a union shop, or were hired and benefit from the union negotiation contract: pay your damn dues. Don’t want to pay dues?!? GET OUT OF THE UNION SHOP!
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    Only if, at the same time, the Benefits accrued to them by the Union, are also taken away from them. Sound fair?
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    First, this legislation isn’t about people who don’t believe in unions or don’t want their money to fund unions. Those people aren’t members and don’t currently pay dues, thus this legislation will do nothing for those people. They will continue to be freeloaders and still receive the better pay, benefits, and working conditions negotiated by dues-paying members. Next, it is wrong to allow the employer the ability to arbitrarily stop all dues deductions because of contract negotiations are stalled. That provision of the legislation will only incentivize union busting by stalling contract negotiations. It will be obvious to all employers they only need to stall contract negotiations long enough and they will be able to discontinue all payroll dues deductions, despite the union members’ desire to maintain their membership. This bill is a blatant attempt at union busting and anyone who sponsors or votes in favor if it must be voted out of office.
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    You bet ! If you don’t think the union is representing your views either politicly or in the work place keep your hard earned bucks
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    More Republican Union busting BS! Wake up people, it's right to work laws that have made wages stagnant! We are stronger when we stand together, that's the point of unions! The small increase in your check pales in comparison to the raises lost due to Union busting!
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    I’ve always been for unions to protect the safe working conditions of workers, but can anyone name any membership where once you quit, the group or service gets to reach in your pocket for up to a year and take dues against your will? In any other circumstance this would be called theft. If a corporation did this, many would add an additional moniker; greedy bastards! Maybe that fits too.
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    No one is forced to join a union, you chose the union shop because of the higher wages, better benefits & working conditions + job security...you want those benefits you gotta pay for them like everyone else
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    No job should require union membership. Skill, ability and knowledge alone should determine pay rate and advancement. Seniority should only be used as a tie breaker if all else is equal. This is a good step in making the US a Right to Work nation!
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    It’s their money, let them keep it.
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    Folks need to study the History of unions. Strong inions benefited ALL labor—including non-union. Here is where the trickle down theory that really worked. All labor benefited from union gains: safer working conditions, decent working hours, child labor, job security (think injuries on the job that caused job loss), and, of course higher wages, etc. Alll of this trickled out to Non-union labor, giving workers some leverage and a chance to become the strong middle class that has been the backbone of this country. Do some research. Union leaders may not have been saints but it is for damn sure corporate leaders are not saints either. Check the history. You may very well owe your parents middle class existence to the presence of unions.
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    Union dues should not be automatically taken from paychecks. The employee should have the right to stop the deductions. It is the employees money.
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    Freedom of choice in labor is a basic human right for both the employee and the employer. No one should be forced to join a union as a precondition to employment, no one should be forced to employ only union members as a precondition to hiring employees and no one should be forced to give their hard earned money to a union.
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    Yes they should!
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    This bill will allow employees to keep more of the money from their paycheck and prevent unions from using “window periods” to collect dues from employees who left the union for up to one year.
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