Minnesota "Right to Work" Amendment (2012)
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The measure proposed making mandatory union membership or payment of union dues prohibited.
Text of measure
The ballot language of the measure would have read as follows:
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to guarantee all citizens the individual freedom to decide to join or not join a labor union; to remain with or leave a labor union; or to pay or not pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor union or any affiliated third party or charity, without having it affect their employment status?
The measure was sponsored by State Rep. Steve Drazkowski and Sen. Dave Thompson. In a joint press release they said, "If Minnesotans vote in favor of this amendment, every Minnesota worker would still have the right to join or support a labor union, only now it would be his or her own decision. Union employees would still be able to collectively bargain the same as under current law."
- State Rep. Morrie Lanning stated her thoughts on the measure: "I’m opposed. I just don’t think we ought to be pursuing that at this point in time."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution
In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot they must be agreed on by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature.
- On Monday, March 12, 2012, the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee passed the bill on to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee by a vote of seven to six. The 2012 legislative session ended before the measure was passed on to the ballot.
- Minnesota Legislature, "House File 65 (2011)" (Lines 2.4-2.10)
- Minnesota Legislature, "House File 65 (2011)" (Line 1.2 to 1.3)
- Star Tribune,"State Republicans launch right-to-work amendment drive," February 2, 2012
- Minnesota State Legislature,"Senator Dave Thompson, Representative Steve Drazkowski annouce employee freedom constitutional amendment," February 2, 2012
- TPM, "Minnesota GOP Legislators Eye ‘Right-To-Work’ Constitutional Amendment," February 2, 2012
- Grand Forks Herald, "Ballot may see right-to-work law in Minnesota," February 1, 2012
- Minnesota Public Radio, "Right-to-work bill passes Minn. Senate panel," March 12, 2012