Proposed Local Union Reforms – California

Costa Mesa  -  November 2012  -  Failed
Charter of the City of Costa Mesa  -  text
Key Provisions: Prohibits elected officials from holding jobs with the city at the same time as they hold office. Eliminates the requirement to only use union labor to perform construction projects. Allows city to contract with the private sector to secure services currently performed by unionized city employees.  Prevents the unions from negotiating enhanced post-employment benefits without voter approval. Allows city employees to choose not to be represented by a union in their employment negotiations, and prohibits the city’s unions from collecting political contributions via payroll withholding.

San Jose (Charter City)  -  Nov. 2010  -  Passed
Measure V  -  text
Key Provisions:  Requires that all decisions made by an arbitrator must not create an unfunded fiscal liability for the city, and they must also decide with the City’s financial interests in mind.
City Attorney Analysis, Nov. 2010

Statewide Union Reform Initiatives – California

Initiative  -  November 2012  -  Failed
Proposition 32  -  Stop Special Interest Money Now Act  -  text
Proponent:  Ashley Titus
Key Provisions:  Prohibits payroll deductions by any employer for political purposes. Requires annual written consent for political contributions obtained by any other means. Prohibits direct contributions to candidates by government contractors, corporations, or labor unions.

Initiative  -  November 2005  -  Failed
Proponent:  Lew Uhler
Proposition 75  -  Public Employees Right to Approve Political Portion of Union Dues  -  text
Key Provisions:  Prohibits public employee labor organizations from using any portion of dues or agency shop fees obtained through payroll deductions for political purposes without first obtaining annual written consent.

Initiative  -  June 1998  -  Failed
Proponent:  Mark Bucher
Proposition 226  -  Limitations on Employers and Labor Organizations  -  text
Key Provisions: Prohibits public employee labor organizations from using any portion of dues or agency shop fees obtained through payroll deductions for political purposes without first obtaining annual written consent.

Statewide Union Reforms Enacted – Other States

Michigan  -  December 2012  -  Passed
House Bill No. 4003  -  text
Key Provisions:  An individual shall not be required as a condition of obtaining or continuing public employment to do any of the following: (a) Refrain or resign from membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization or bargaining representative. (b) Become or remain a member of a labor organization or bargaining representative. (c) Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges or expenses of any kind. Excludes police and firefighters.

Indiana  -  January 2012  -  Passed
House Bill No. 1001  -  text
Key Provisions:  A person may not require an individual to: (1) become or remain a member of a labor organization (2) pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization; or (3) pay to a charity or third party an amount that is equivalent to or a pro rata part of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of members of a labor organization; as a condition of employment or continuation of employment.

Wisconsin  -  March 2011  -  Passed
Act 10, Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill  -  text
Key Provisions:  Limits collective bargaining for most public employees to wages. Total wage increases may not exceed a cap based on the consumer price index unless approved by referendum. Contracts limited to one year and wages are frozen until the new contract is settled. Collective bargaining units are required to take annual votes to maintain certification as a union. Prohibits employers from collecting union dues and members of collective bargaining units are not required to pay dues. Changes take effect upon the expiration of existing contracts. Excludes police and firefighters.