Union dues back in legislative spotlight

By Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic

Public-employee unions will again be in the hot seat at the Legislature, following an effort last year that had mixed success.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, has introduced a bill to require local governments to take a vote by the end of the year on whether to deduct union dues from employee paychecks. If they fail to do so, they will be barred from the practice.

House Bill 2026 is a kinder, gentler approach to a proposal last year that would have banned the deduction option altogether. That bill stalled in the Senate and never made it to the House.

Ugenti said her intent is to make local governments, ranging from city councils to fire-district boards, take deliberate action on whether to allow the practice.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2013

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