The Framework for a Paycheck Protection Proposal

The following language is offered as an example of the maximum paycheck protection available to workers in keeping with the principles of the Beck decision. This suggested language avoids focusing on union political activities as the only category available to an employee objecting under Beck principles, and presents the core concepts of a desirable paycheck protection proposal:

A labor organization accepting payment of any dues or fees from an employee as a condition of employment pursuant to an agreement authorized by law must annually secure from each employee prior, voluntary, written authorization for any portion of such dues or fees which will be used by the labor organization for activities not necessary to collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.

When written authorization is requested by a labor organization, it shall account for and report fees and expenses in such detail as necessary to allow employees to determine the proportionate costs of collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment, and the costs of other activities.