From: Glenn Hamer [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 6:56 PM
Subject: Paycheck Protection
The Bottom Line
When it comes to an
employee's paycheck, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the
Arizona Manufacturers Council firmly believe that employees know best how and
where to spend their money. Employees have diverse opinions on
political candidates and issues. Unfortunately, under the current system,
employees who wish to join a union will likely have a portion of their union
dues diverted to political advocacy without their consent. Political action
taken by unions often does not accurately reflect the desires or intentions
of its membership. Oftentimes, the union will spend money opposing the very
issues or candidates a union member supports.
Here in Arizona, State Representative Sam Crump is leading the effort to protect Arizona workers from having their union dues spent on political advocacy without their express consent. Arizona law (A.R.S. Sec. 23-352) already prohibits an employer from withholding or diverting any portion of an employee's wages unless authorized by state or federal law, or if the employee provides written authorization. Mr. Crump's bill simply provides additional paycheck protection along those lines to all Arizona employees who are members of unions. Rep. Crump's bill (HB 2274) requires affirmative consent before union dues can be used for political activity. The bill advanced out of the House Government Committee today by a vote of 6-3-0. (Senator Steve Pierce has introduced similar legislation, SB 1268.)
Arizona's Right to Work
status is a major reason the state experienced substantial job growth over
the past several decades. Providing workers with a right to determine
whether their dues are directed to political activity is consistent with
Arizona's employment culture and would further the U.S. Supreme Court's Beck decision. Union
members will still be free to contribute to political causes; however they
would no longer be coerced into doing so as a condition of union membership.
By providing workers with the freedom to choose which candidates and issues
to support, we can improve the transparency and accountability
of funding campaigns.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona's competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. http://www.azchamber.com/.