Two hundred union activists and allies poured into a hearing room this morning to oppose the first of several bills to weaken the power of organized labor. The first hearing, which started at 9 am, would forbid union dues to be deducted from private or public sector paychecks, while all other forms of payroll deduction would still be legal.
Rep. Susan DeLemus, prime sponsor of HB 1163, said “I just want it to focus on union dues.”
“Right to work failed and those who backed it are using smaller ways to attack and destroy collective bargaining,” said Ted “O’Brien, a retired union member.“
Bills scheduled for later in the day include a ban on collective bargaining for public employees. A rally is scheduled for 1 PM led by the national president of the Firefighters Union.
Chairman Daniels has just announced the hearings will move to Representatives Hall.