House committee OKs anti-union bill to strip dues deduction
BATON ROUGE - A House committee approved an anti-union bill that would prohibit the automatic deduction of union dues from public employee paychecks.
The bill was pushed by business and industry groups, as well as national conservative organization Americans For Prosperity. It targets teachers, firefighters and police who belong to a union.
Republican supporters of the bill say they object to government payroll workers spending time deducting dues from union member paychecks. They also say it's inappropriate for employees to deduct dues that could fund objectionable, union-backed causes.
Democrats and union members say those arguments are a smoke-screen. The real goal, they say, is crushing Louisiana's unions.
The measure heads to the House floor, after getting a 9-6 vote Thursday from the labor committee.