Oregon Secret Ballot Initiative (2010)
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Restrict employees' right to choose union representation; restricts public employees' contributions to costs of representation.
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote requires secret-ballot election to choose union, eliminates alternative methods; for public-employee unions, raises vote requirement, restricts employee contributions to representation costs.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains alternative methods of choosing union, simple majority vote for public-employee union, union's representation of nonmembers; payments to union controlled by contract.
Summary: Currently, employees may choose union representation by majority vote in a secret-ballot election or voluntary employer recognition; additionally, public employees may unionize by written authorizations from the majority. Unions must represent members and nonmembers. Collective bargaining agreement may require payroll deductions, require all employees to contribute to representation costs. Measure requires, for public employees; secret-ballot election to choose representation; absolute majority must vote to unionize; union need not represent nonmembers; effect on existing unions is unclear. Effect of secret-ballot requirement on private sector unions is unclear; they retain obligation to represent nonmembers. Exempts public-employee nonmembers from sharing representation costs; public employer prohibited from payroll deduction of dues, helping union collect money, unless representation was election within past four years. Other provisions.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
According to the secretary of state, supporters did not file signatures in an attempt to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot. Initiative petitions for statutes required six percent of 1,379,475, or 82,769 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010.
- Oregon Secret Ballot Initiative summary
- Full text of proposal, as filed
- Certified ballot title, April 16, 2009
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