Proposed rule would change union dues policy
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 15, 2019
The Federal Labor Relations Authority is seeking public comment on whether it should make changes to how union dues are collected from federal employees.
In a proposed rule posted to the Federal Register on July 12, FLRA – which is charged with overseeing federal government labor-management relations— along with the Office of Personnel Management, said it’s considering changing the rules so that federal employees can stop paying union dues at any time.
Currently, when a federal employee joins a union and agrees to pay dues, they may only opt out of union dues after one year of membership. However, FLRA and OPM say a 2018 Supreme Court decision may open up a new interpretation of the rule.
The notice states: “OPM asks the authority to issue a general statement of policy or guidance holding that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 (2018) requires the authority to reevaluate its precedent on the revocation of federal employees' union-dues assignments. Comments are solicited on whether the authority should issue a general statement of policy or guidance, and, if so, what the authority's policy or guidance should be.”
The Janus decision found that the use of so-called agency fees, a practice where state and local public sector unions are able to charge non-members for the cost of representational work, violated the First Amendment.
View the proposed rule here.