Oklahoma State Question 695 (2001)

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Oklahoma State Question 695, also known as the Right to Work Act, was on a September 25, 2001 special election ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 695
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 447,072 54.2%
No378,46545.8%

Question 695, since it was approved, added a new Section 1A to Article 23 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Text of measure

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.[2]

Opposition from union

In a 2008 editorial criticizing the Oklahoma Education Association for sponsoring the Oklahoma HOPE Ballot Initiative, the Oklahoman says that in 1992, the OEA "opposed a public vote on State Question 640."[3]

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