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Opt-In Opt-Out Option Teacher's Union Membership
: JD Lavallee
What the Bill Does
:Colorado statute currently permits employees, including public school teachers andeducators, to join a labor organization for the purpose of collectively bargaining.
Colorado statute also allows employees to refrain from joining a labor organization.
Currently, typical union contracts only allow employees to withdraw membershipduring one period in the school year.
This bill will enact statutory language thatwould immediately allow educators to join or withdraw from a union.
:Colorado currently has two major state teacher unions and 62.4% of teachers areunionized.
These unions bring in $256 annually per teacher in the state, whichranks 36
This bill is similar to HB 12-1333, which would have permitted public schoolemployees to withdraw union membership and stop paying dues upon 30 dayswritten notice. HB 12-1333 passed the House, but was postponed indefinitely bythe Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs last May.
:Last year legislators in Rhode Island introduced similar legislation to SB 13-017,labeling it “Teachers Right To Work.”
The bill did not make it out of committee asit was held for further study.
Literacy advances; ASSET doesn’t, EdNews Colorado, Apr. 25, 2012, (last visited Jan. 25,2013), http://www.ednewscolorado.org/2012/04/25/37393-literacy-advances-asset-doesn’t.
How Strong Are Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison, Thomas B. FordhamInstitute, Oct. 29, 2012, http://www.edexcellence.net/publications/how-strong-are-us-teacher-unions.html.
Rhode Island House Bill 5883 and Senate Bill 2258.
DRAFT 1/28/2013 22:17 a1/p1For a complete list of fact sheets, visitwww.mikejohnston.org/in-the-legislature.