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Fair Share

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O L
O
FFICE OF THE
L
EGISLATIVE
A
UDITOR
S
TATE OF
M
INNESOTA
EVALUATION REPORT
State Employee UnionFair Share Fee Calculations
JULY 2013
P
ROGRAM
E
VALUATION
D
IVISION
Centennial Building – Suite 140658 Cedar Street – St. Paul, MN 55155Telephone: 651-296-4708
 
Fax: 651-296-4712E-mail:auditor@state.mn.us 
 
Web Site:http://www.auditor.leg.state.mn.usThrough Minnesota Relay: 1-800-627-3529 or 7-1-1
 
 
Program Evaluation Division
The Program Evaluation Division was created within the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA)in 1975. The division’s mission, as set forth in law,is to determine the degree to which state agenciesand programs are accomplishing their goals and objectives and utilizing resources efficiently.Topics for evaluations are approved by theLegislative Audit Commission (LAC), which hasequal representation from the House and Senateand the two major political parties. However,evaluations by the office are independentlyresearched by the Legislative Auditor’s professionalstaff, and reports are issued without prior review bythe commission or any other legislators. Findings,conclusions, and recommendations do notnecessarily reflect the views of the LAC or any of its members.A list of recent evaluations is on the last page of this report. A more complete list is available atOLA's web site(www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us), as are copies of evaluation reports.The Office of the Legislative Auditor also includesa Financial Audit Division, which annuallyconducts an audit of the state’s financial statements,an audit of federal funds administered by the state,and approximately 40 audits of individual stateagencies, boards, and commissions. The divisionalso investigates allegations of improper actions bystate officials and employees.
Evaluation Staff 
James Nobles,
 Legislative Auditor 
Joel Alter Valerie BombachSarah DelacuevaDavid Greenwood-SanchezJody Hauer David Kirchner Laura LogsdonCarrie Meyerhoff Judy RandallCatherine Reed Jodi Munson RodriguezMatt Schroeder Laura SchwartzKJ Starr Jo VosLang (Kate) YangTo obtain a copy of this document in an accessibleformat (electronic ASCII text, Braille, large print, or audio), please call 651-296-4708. People withhearing or speech disabilities may call us throughMinnesota Relay by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529.All OLA reports are available at our Web site:http://www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us.If you have comments about our work, or you wantto suggest an audit, investigation, or evaluation, please contact us at 651-296-4708 or by e-mail atauditor@state.mn.us.Printed on Recycled Paper 
 
 
O L
O
FFICE OF THE
L
EGISLATIVE
A
UDITOR
STATE OF MINNESOTA
 James Nobles, Legislative Auditor
July 2013Members of the Legislative Audit Commission:Minnesota law has established 17 state employee bargaining units, and employees in those unitsare permitted to select a labor union as their exclusive representative in contract negotiations anenforcement. An employee in one of the bargaining units may choose to join the union thatrepresents the unit and pay member dues or not join the union and pay a “fair share” fee.There are various legal requirements—federal and state—related to fair share fees. In responseto your request, the Office of the Legislative Auditor evaluated how those requirements have been implemented for Minnesota state employees. Our findings and recommendations are presented in this report. We did not evaluate the merits of the state policy that allows unions tocollect a fair share fee from an employee who chooses not to become a union member.Our evaluation was conducted by Judy Randall (project manager) and Kate Yang. TheMinnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, Minnesota Department of Management and Budget,and nine state employee unions cooperated with our evaluation, and we thank them for their assistance.Sincerely,James NoblesLegislative Auditor 
Room 140 Centennial Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1603
Phone: 651-296-4708
Fax: 651-296-4712
Minnesota Relay: 1-800-627-3529 or 7-1-1

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