Your Voice: Use it or lose it!
Here are some facts to consider:
- Membership and payroll deduction are entirely voluntary. Mandatory union membership is illegal in Texas. Every public employee in Texas who chooses to join and direct a portion of their earnings to pay for representation by an employee or professional organization does so voluntarily.
- No expense to taxpayers. No state or local funds are required to operate the payroll deduction system. State law explicitly provides that the organization receiving dues is responsible for any administrative costs incurred in processing the deduction.
- Payroll deduction for public employees does not affect small business. Despite the misleading claims of NFIB, this proposed legislation has nothing at all to do with private businesses, small or large. The only employees affected by this bill work for school districts and state and local government.
- Dues cannot be used for political expenditures. Under the Election Code, employee organizations may not use dues dollars for political contributions.
- Discrimination among employees without reason. A selective payroll prohibition policy would give some employees a right denied to others. Teachers, CPS workers, correctional officers, and other public employees and retirees should be able to contribute to the responsible, law-abiding organization of their choice.
- Safety and security for employees. Payroll deduction provides a safe and secure means of making payments in timely fashion.
- Employees should be free to choose how they spend their own paycheck. The state should not pick winners and losers by endorsing or opposing viewpoints or organizations through its payroll deduction policies. State and local entities allow hundreds of organizations with widely varying views to receive voluntary deductions from state and local government employee paychecks.
- Last session, this politically motivated bill was OPPOSED by mayors, county commissioners, superintendents, teachers, independent school districts, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, parole officers, retirees, public education groups, and law enforcement organizations.