FLRA seeks public comment on federal union dues rule
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Mar 18, 2020
The Federal Labor Relations Authority is officially seeking public comment on a rule that would make it easier for federal employees to stop paying their union dues.
In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register, FLRA states that it “is seeking to assure employees the fullest freedom in the exercise of their rights under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute…in matters directly affecting their pay. Therefore, the FLRA proposes to define when an employee may initiate the revocation of a previously authorized assignment of amounts deducted from the pay of the employee for the payment of regular and periodic dues allotted to an exclusive representative.”
Last month, the authority ruled that federal workers could stop paying union dues at any time, overturning the current practice of letting employees elect to withhold only once a year.
Prior to that ruling, federal employees could only elect to cease paying dues at one-year intervals. But a 2-1 majority on a decision the Authority said was based on a previous policy decision and not rooted in actual law.
The FLRA will accept comments on the proposal to implement the until and April 8.
Read the Federal Register here.