INTRODUCED BY G. Hertz, M. Blasdel, J. Ellsworth, D. Howard, K. Regier, C. Smith, S. Berglee, M. Binkley, E. Buttrey, W. Galt, J. Hinkle, C. Hinkle, J. Kassmier, C. Knudsen, R. Knudsen, B. Ler, M. Noland, B. Tschida, S. Vinton
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ALLOWING A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TO WITHDRAW FROM A BARGAINING UNIT; PROVIDING FOR WRITTEN NOTICE; ESTABLISHING THE TIMELINE FOR PAYMENT OF DUES TO CEASE; AMENDING SECTIONS section 39-31-203 AND 39-31-401, MCA; REPEALING SECTION 39-31-204, MCA; and PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
"39-31-203. Deduction of dues from employee's pay. Upon (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a public employer with the written authorization of any public employee within a bargaining unit, the public employer shall 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.
(b) Beginning on the first payday of the month following receipt of the written notice required in subsection (2)(a), an employer may no longer deduct monthly dues from the pay of the public employee.
(c) An employee who withdraws from the bargaining unit in accordance with this subsection may not renew the employee's association with the unit unless 1 year has elapsed. A request to renew and allow for the deduction of monthly dues must be provided in writing may withdraw from a bargaining unit by providing notice at any time during the month preceding the effective date of the withdrawal."
(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 Except as provided in 39-31-203(2), 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.
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