Oregon Voter Approval of Employee Rights Changes Initiative (2014)
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|Voting on Labor and Unions|
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Oregon was poised to become a battle ground regarding "right-to-work" initiatives. Multiple measures were proposed for and against restrictions on the use of payroll deductions and the process of negotiating such deductions. On March 3, 2014, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) announced that several initiatives regarding this issue would be withdrawn following negotiations between the several opposing measure supporters. Thirteen measures were withdrawn due to this negotiation. The discussions were instigated by Gov. Kitzhaber in order to avoid the expensive campaigning battle that was likely to breakout between the opposing measures. The negotiations took several months to complete. The anti-payroll deduction proposals that were withdrawn due to this agreement were initiative petition 1 and initiative petition 9. The remaining withdrawn initiative petitions were union-backed measures, including initiative petitions 14, 15, 16, 18, 30 and 33, as well as 17 ,19, 29, 32 and 35. All of these measures, except for 35, were sponsored by Our Oregon.
A measure prohibiting restrictions on payroll deductions and a measure prohibiting all payroll deductions from public employees to or on behalf of any public employee union for any purpose were not withdrawn due to these negotiations. However, as of June 6, 2014, neither petition had been approved to circulate, making both unlikely to reach the November ballot.
Text of measure
The certified ballot title for the measure read as:
|“||Voters must approve "restricting" designated "employee rights" regarding minimum wage, leave, payroll deduction, collective bargaining||”|
The full text of the certified ballot title and summary can be read here.
Joseph Baessler was the chief petitioner for this measure.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
The measure was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State on November 12, 2013 with the subject "Employees Rights at Work," and numbered proposed initiative 35. The chief petitioner withdrew the measure on March 3, 2014. In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters would have had to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014.
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- Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division, "Detailed Information For : 35/2014," accessed June 6, 2014
- People's World, "Oregon ‘right-to-work’ initiative dropped," March 12, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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