‘Paycheck Protection’

In 1994, the Legislature amended the state’s campaign finance act and adopted “paycheck protection.” This provision safeguarded unionized workers’ right to refrain from making contributions to a union’s political activities by requiring the union to obtain the employees’ affirmative consent before collecting money from an employee’s paycheck for the union’s “separate segregated fund,” which is known colloquially as its “political action committee,” or “PAC.”[88] Before that, employees often had to request an end to political withdrawals from their paychecks. If Proposal 2 passes, unions could bargain away the 1994 paycheck protection law.