A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT revising laws related to union membership dues; providing for free association by public employees with a public labor organization; revising laws relating to automatic collection of union dues; and AMENDING SECTIONS 39-31-101, 39-31-203, and 39-31-401, AND 39-31-402, MCA ; and REPEALING SECTION 39-31-204, MCA."
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Public employee choice -- labor organization fee or charge to nonmember prohibited. (1) A public employee may not be required to become or remain a member of a labor organization or obtain or retain public employment.
"39-31-101. Policy. In order to promote public business by removing certain recognized sources of strife and unrest, itItis the policy of the state of Montana toencourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining to arrive at friendly adjustment of all disputes between public employers and their employees recognize that the relationship of a public collective bargaining unit and a public employee is a voluntary choice."
"39-31-203. Deduction Prohibition on deduction of dues from employee's pay. Upon written authorization of any public employee within a bargaining unit, the The public employer shall may not deduct from the pay of the public employee the monthly amount of dues as certified by the secretary of the exclusive representative and shall deliver the dues to the treasurer of the exclusive representative."
(2) dominate, interfere, or assist in the formation or administration of any labor organization. However, subject to rules adopted by the board under 39-31-104, an employer is not prohibited from permitting employees to confer with the employer during working hours without loss of time or pay.
(3) discriminate in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment in order to encourage or discourage membership in any labor organization;. However, nothing in this chapter or in any other statute of this state precludes a public employer from making an agreement with an exclusive representative to require, as a condition of employment, that an employee who is not or does not become a union member must have an amount equal to the union initiation fee and monthly dues deducted from the employee's wages in the same manner as checkoff of union dues.
NEW SECTION.Section 7. Codification instruction.[Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 39, chapter 31, part 1, and the provisions of Title 39, chapter 31, part 1, apply to [section 1].
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