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SB 13-017: Opt-In Opt-Out Option Teacher's Union Membership

SB 13-017: Opt-In Opt-Out Option Teacher's Union Membership

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Published by: Senator Mike Johnston on Jan 28, 2013
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Office of Sen. Mike Johnston
Colorado General Assembly | 200 E. Colfax Avenue | Denver, CO 80203 |303.866.4864
F
ACT
S
HEET
M
EMORANDUM
SB 13-017
Opt-In Opt-Out Option Teacher's Union Membership
Sen. Marble
Staff Name
: 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.
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Colorado statute also allows employees to refrain from joining a labor organization.
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Currently, typical union contracts only allow employees to withdraw membershipduring one period in the school year.
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This bill will enact statutory language thatwould immediately allow educators to join or withdraw from a union.
Colorado Context
:Colorado currently has two major state teacher unions and 62.4% of teachers areunionized.
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These unions bring in $256 annually per teacher in the state, whichranks 36
th
nationally.
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  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.
National Context
:Last year legislators in Rhode Island introduced similar legislation to SB 13-017,labeling it “Teachers Right To Work.”
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The bill did not make it out of committee asit was held for further study.
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C.R.S.
§ 8-3-106
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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.
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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.
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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.

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