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Maryland Unions to Collect Fees from Nonmembers

Chaaron Pearson on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 1:46:01 pm

Maryland’s largest state employee union is set to begin collecting fees from nonmembers this month. Maryland joins the District of Columbia and at least 22 other states, including Pennsylvania and Delaware, in allowing state employee unions to collect such fees.

The theory behind the law is that the union furnishes services that impact all employees, such as negotiating health benefits and work conditions, or representing workers in disputes with managers, though fewer than half pay dues. Union officials say the extra money will allow them to improve services.

Beginning in July, Maryland public employees will see union service fees deducted from their biweekly paychecks.

The fees – which will also be collected by smaller unions – are allowed under The Fair Share Act, which the state legislature passed in 2009 largely on a party-line vote supported by Governor Martin O’Malley.

Hundreds of state workers have objected to the new fees. Smaller unions argue these new fees could force smaller unions out of existence.

Read more:
Baltimore Sun: Maryland unions: Thousands of state workers compelled to pay union fees
MarylandReporter.com: Non-union state workers must pay bargaining units in newly negotiated contracts

Tags: employer-employee relations

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