Oklahoma Right to Work, State Question 695 (September 2001)

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The Oklahoma Right to Work Amendment, also known as State Question 695, was on the September 25, 2001 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure banned any employment contract that required employees to resign from or belong to a union, pay union dues or make other payments to a union. The measure also banned required contributions to charities or other third parties and required employee authorization of payroll deductions to unions.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 695 (September 2001)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 447,072 54.16%
No378,46545.84%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

The measure adds a new section to the State Constitution. It adds Section 1A to Article 23. The measure defines the term "labor organization." "Labor organization" includes unions. That term also includes committees that represent employees.

The measure bans new employment contracts that impose certain requirements to get or keep a job. The measure bans contracts that require joining or quitting a labor organization to get or keep a job. The measure bans contracts that require remaining in a labor organization to get or keep a job. The measure bans contracts that require the payment of dues to labor organizations to get or keep a job. The measure bans contracts that require other payments to labor organizations to get or keep a job. Employees would have to approve deductions from wages paid to labor organizations. The measure bans contracts that require labor organization approval of an employee to get or keep a job.

The measure bans other employment contract requirements. Violation of this section is a misdemeanor. [3]

Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Opposition

In a 2008 editorial criticizing the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) for sponsoring the Oklahoma HOPE Ballot Initiative, the Oklahoman said that the OEA "opposed right to work, claiming that only more money earmarked for education would grow the economy."[4]

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