The Texas Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would make it tougher for public sector labor groups to collect dues.
As a so-called right-to-work state, Texas already bars public and private workplaces from compelling employees to join a union. Sen. Joan Huffman’s Senate Bill 1968 would prohibit state agencies and local governments from deducting union dues from the paychecks of most members of labor groups.
The chamber approved the legislation with a 20-11 vote along party lines.
The proposal would require union members to pay dues to their representatives directly, rather than relying on government agencies to deduct the fees from paychecks and turn them over to the union. The ban would exempt certain firefighters, police officers and emergency medial service workers.