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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends provisions related to education employee associations.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . defines terms;
14 . requires the State Board of Education to establish an association registry for an
15 education employee association to register the association's contact information;
16 . requires an education employee association to register the association's contact
17 information with the State Board of Education if the education employee
18 association wants to participate in certain activities;
19 . provides that a penalty may be recovered by an education employee association
20 under certain circumstances;
21 . requires a school principal and a school district or charter school to each pay a
22 penalty for failing to provide equal access to all education employee associations to
23 distribute information, attend employee orientations, and solicit membership to the
24 education employee association;
25 . allows an employee to withdraw membership from an education employee
26 association and receive a full refund of membership dues under certain
27 circumstances; and
28 . makes technical changes.
29 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
31 Other Special Clauses:
33 Utah Code Sections Affected:
35 53A-3-426, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 88
37 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
38 Section 1. Section 53A-3-426 is amended to read:
39 53A-3-426. Education employee associations -- Equal participation -- Prohibition
40 on endorsement or preferential treatment -- Naming of school breaks -- Civil penalties
41 and other remedies.
42 (1) As used in this section:
43 (a) "Activity" means a school activity where an education employee association attends
44 or could attend.
45 (b) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
48 association that:
49 (i) is registered with the board as required in Subsection (2);
50 (ii) represents teachers or other public school employees; and
51 (iii) offers insurance to its members as part of its member benefits.
52 (d) "Employee" means an employee of a school district or charter school, including a
54 (e) "Planned activity" means an activity a school includes on the school's list of
55 activities described in Subsection (8)(a).
57 or the State Board of Education and its employees.
58 (g) "Unplanned activity" means an activity of the school that:
59 (i) is planned after the beginning of a school year; or
60 (ii) is not included on a school's list of planned activities described in Subsection
62 (2) (a) The board shall establish an association registry for an education employee
63 association to register the education employee association's contact information.
64 (b) An education employee association shall register the education employee
65 association's contact information with the board if the education employee association wants to
66 participate in a school's activities described in this section.
67 (c) The contact information required in Subsection (2)(b) shall include:
68 (i) the name of the contact person for the education employee association;
69 (ii) the phone number of the contact person;
70 (iii) the email address of the contact person; and
71 (iv) mailing address of the contact person.
73 following activities:
74 (a) distribution of information in or access to [
75 electronic mailboxes, including email accounts that are provided by the school; and
76 (b) membership solicitation activities at new [
77 or functions.
79 activities described in Subsection [
80 associations to engage in the activity on the same terms and conditions afforded to the
81 education employee association.
83 (a) establish or maintain structures, procedures, or policies that favor one education
84 employee association over another or otherwise give preferential treatment to an education
85 employee association; or
86 (b) explicitly or implicitly endorse any education employee association.
88 any education employee association in relation to any day or break in the school calendar.
89 (7) (a) If a school extends a privilege to an education employee association, that
90 privilege must be available to all education employee associations.
91 (b) A privilege described in Subsection (7)(a) includes:
92 (i) membership on a school district or charter school personnel committee or employee
94 (ii) access to employee payroll deductions for membership dues; and
95 (iii) access to sponsor an employee activity, function, or event.
96 (8) (a) Upon request, at the beginning of a school year, a school shall provide an
97 education employee association a list of the school's planned activities for the school year.
98 (b) A school shall notify an education employee association of an unplanned activity at
99 least two business days before the date of the unplanned activity.
100 (c) A school shall allow an employee association an opportunity to participate in a
101 similar activity to a past unplanned activity if:
102 (i) the education employee association did not attend the past unplanned activity;
103 (ii) the school failed to notify an education employee association within two business
104 days of the unplanned activity as required in Subsection (8)(b); and
105 (iii) another education employee association attended the unplanned activity.
106 (9) If a school violates the provisions of this section, an education employee
107 association may bring a civil action in a court having the appropriate jurisdiction for:
108 (a) a civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 per violation, to be paid by the principal of
109 the school where the violation occurred;
110 (b) a civil penalty in an amount equal to the greater of the following, to be paid by the
111 school district or charter school where the violation occurred:
112 (i) $10,000; or
113 (ii) if the education employee association proves a pattern of violations of this section,
114 treble damages; and
115 (c) enforcement of the provisions of this section.
116 (10) An employee may withdraw the employee's membership from an education
117 employee association and receive a full refund of the employee's membership dues if:
118 (a) (i) the education employee association solicited the employee's membership at a
119 new employee orientation or other similar function; and
120 (ii) another education employee association was excluded or prohibited from attending
121 the new employee orientation or other similar function; or
122 (b) (i) the education employee association solicited the employee's membership at the
123 employee's school; and
124 (ii) another education employee association was excluded or prohibited from soliciting
125 the employee's membership at the employee's school.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-15-12 9:22 AM