Some state lawmakers are focused on taking away the rights of PSEA members and other public-sector employees to pay union dues through voluntary payroll deduction. Proposed legislation would prohibit dues deductions if dues will be used to advocate for their schools, students, and communities.
This is part of a strategy to silence our voices, bully our members, and weaken our Association.
In February, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 166, a bill that would interfere with the use of your PSEA dues dollars and jeopardize some of the services PSEA provides to you as a member.
It will now go to the state House of Representatives. State representatives could vote on the bill this spring.
Here's what you need to know about the Senate Bill 166
The bill unfairly singles out teachers, nurses, and public safety workers, but continues to allow deductions that go to insurance companies, big banks, and financial companies.
It could make it illegal to use payroll deduction to collect as much as 27 percent of your Association dues.
It prohibits the use of dues collected from your paycheck to fund key PSEA services, such as legislative advocacy on issues like standardized testing and pension.
It would make it far more difficult for PSEA to provide professional development courses, financial workshops, Member Benefits discounts, and other programs.
It is nothing more than vindictive, political bullying.
It puts the interests of corporations and the wealthy ahead of middle-class interests.
It does not include any taxpayer savings, since payroll deduction costs nearly nothing.
“This bill is just an attempt to silence working people by attacking their unions, and it shows a complete disrespect for working people and the unions that work so hard to speak out for them. This is a bullying tactic. Period.” – PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak