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S.B. 206 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Holly J. Richardson

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions of Title 34, Chapter 32, Deductions for the Benefit of
             11      Labor Organizations, relating to the cessation or commencement of a union dues wage
             12      deduction.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    requires that an employer promptly cease or commence a union dues wage
             16      deduction upon the written request of the employee;
             17          .    states that an employee's request to cease a union dues wage deduction may not be
             18      conditioned on the labor organization's advance notice or consent;
             19          .    states that a labor organization is not liable to an employee for any claim, service, or
             20      benefit that is available only to a member of the organization if the employee
             21      requests cessation of union dues wage deductions;
             22          .    states that the rights described in this bill cannot be waived; and
             23          .    makes technical corrections.
             24      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:

             30          34-32-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 220
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 34-32-1 is amended to read:
             34           34-32-1. Assignments to labor unions -- Effect.
             35          (1) As used in this section:
             36          (a) "Employee" means a person employed by any person, partnership, public, private,
             37      or municipal corporation, school district, the state, or any political subdivision of the state.
             38          (b) "Employer" means the person or entity employing an employee.
             39          (c) (i) "Labor organization" means a lawful organization of any kind that is composed,
             40      in whole or in part, of employees, and that exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing
             41      with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of
             42      employment, or other terms and conditions of employment.
             43          (ii) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(c)(iii), "labor organization" includes each
             44      employee association and union for employees of public and private sector employers.
             45          (iii) "Labor organization" does not include organizations governed by the National
             46      Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 151 et seq. or the Railroad Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. Sec. 151
             47      et seq.
             48          (d) "Union dues" means dues, fees, money, or other assessments required as a
             49      condition of membership or participation in a labor organization.
             50          (2) [(a)] An employee may direct an employer, in writing, [that an employer] to deduct
             51      from the employee's wages a specified sum for union dues, not to exceed 3% per month, to be
             52      paid to a labor organization designated by the employee.
             53          [(b)] (3) An employer shall promptly commence or cease making deductions for union
             54      dues from the wages of an employee for the benefit of a labor organization when the employer
             55      receives a written communication from the employee directing [that the deductions cease.] the
             56      employer to commence or cease making deductions.
             57          (4) An employee's request that an employer cease making deductions may not be

             58      conditioned upon a labor organization's:
             59          (a) receipt of advance notice of the request; or
             60          (b) prior consent to cessation of the deductions.
             61          (5) A labor organization is not liable for any claim, service, or benefit that is:
             62          (a) available only to a member of the labor organization; and
             63          (b) terminated as a result of an employee's request that the employer cease making
             64      deductions for union dues.
             65          (6) An employee may join a labor organization or terminate membership at any time.
             66      A person may not place a restriction on the time that an employee may join, or terminate
             67      membership with, a labor organization.
             68          (7) An employee may not waive a provision of this section.

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