House takes up bills to fine unions, striking employees

The House committee on Oversight, Reform and Ethics met early this afternoon to take up a package of bills that labor unions have called anti-worker, and anti-union.

Among them, HB 5025, which would require annual written consent of a worker before union dues could be deducted from their paychecks. Right now, workers do have to give written consent, but they only have to do it upon hire. Jim Pederson of the UAW called it “onerous and burdensome legislation,” and stated that he believes it’s illegal.

Also on the agenda were bills that would change the way employers can advertise to fill positions when union workers are on strike, legislation that would fine striking public employees, and a bill that would fine organizations for mass picketing.

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