Oregon No Dues Collection by Government Amendment (2014)

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The Oregon No Dues Collection by Government Amendment did not make the November 2014 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have prohibited all payroll deductions from public employees to or on behalf of any public employee union for any purpose.[1]

While the measure was still considered active by the secretary of state's office, it was unlikely to reach the ballot due to negotiations regarding initiatives for and against right-to-work legislation. It was never approved for petition circulation.[1]


Gov. John Kitzhaber was involved in negotiations to withdraw pro- and anit- payroll deduction initiatives.

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 John Kitzhaber (D) announced that several initiatives regarding this issue would be withdrawn following negotiations between the several opposing measure supporters. Thirteen measures were withdrawn due to this negotiation.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.[2]

The anti-payroll deduction proposals that were withdrawn due to this agreement were initiative petition 1 and initiative petition 9. The remaining withdrawn initiative petitions were union-backed measures, including initiative petitions 14, 15, 16, 18, 30 and 33, as well as 17 ,19, 29, 32 and 35.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.[2]

A measure prohibiting restrictions on payroll deductions and this 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all payroll deductions from public employees to or on behalf of any public employee union for any purpose were not withdrawn due to these negotiations.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, neither petition was approved to circulate, making both unable to reach the November ballot.[2]

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See also: Oregon signature requirements

The measure was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State on September 17, 2012. The measure would have to gather a minimum of 116,284 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the ballot, but it was never certified for petition circulation.[1][2]

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