Paycheck protection on the ballot
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Paycheck protection on the ballot refers to ballot measures regarding whether or not public employers--state government agencies, city and county governments, and public school districts--can deductions such as union dues, any part of which will go into political activity, from public payroll checks without the advance authorization of the employee from whose paycheck the deduction is being taken.
In Colorado, this type of legislation is called Ask First.
A United States Supreme Court 9-0 ruling in June 2007 said that states may create laws granting extra protections to public-sector workers who want to be asked first before the union can spend their money on political causes. The Supreme Court ruling upheld a 1992 law in Washington approved by 73% of voters that required unions to receive "affirmative authorization" from non-member agency fee payers before spending mandatory fees on politics.
Paycheck protection initiatives
- Colorado Limitation on Public Payroll Deductions Initiative, Amendment 49 (2008)
- Oregon Ballot Measure 64 (2008)