This bill allows workers to choose not to join a labor organization or pay dues to a labor organization.
An Act Relating to the rights of workers
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that all employees working in New Jersey be allowed to work in any work place without joining any labor organization or paying dues to any labor organization.
Section I: Define the following terms as: A. Employee as a person who is hired for a wage, salary, fee or payment to perform work for an employer in the state of New Jersey. B. Employer as someone who hires at least one other individual, in the State of New Jersey, to perform a service under any kind of agreement and has the power to control the manner and means of how the individual hired performs the task. C. Labor organization as an organization, agency, union, or an employee representation committee that exists to negotiate employee grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, or any other term of employment. D. Person as an individual, proprietorship, partnership, firm, association, labr organization, or any other legal entity. E. Third party as an organization or person that is not the labor organization or employee involved in a labor situation. F. Alternatives to paying dues as any other method forced by labor organizations that requires an employee to pay someone or do something.
Section II: A person can not require an individual or employee to join a labor organization or pay dues to that organization.
Section III: Alternatives to paying dues, such as paying money to third parties, can not be forced onto employees from labor organizations.
Section IV: Create a document for employees that allows them to submit complaints about infractions of this bill.
Section V: Any employee that is employed by an employer may file a complaint if this bill is violated or there is a threatened violation of this bill. Such complaint will be sent to either the attorney general, department of labor, or the prosecuting attorney for the county they are employed in.
Section VI: A person that violates this bill can be subject to a maximum fine of $5,000 dollars and a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison.
Section VII: Labor organizations are obliged to inform employees and members that they have the choice to not be a member of the labor organization or pay dues to such organization in any form. Employees must be informed, by labor organizations, what services they would and wouldn’t lose for being a nonmember. Labor organizations must also inform employees of how to file for any complaint about a violation of this bill. The labor organizations must give enough information to employees to allow them to make an informed decision.
Section VIII: All agreements, whether implied or expressed, that violate this bill and are between an employee and labor organization are null and void.
Section IX: This bill will not affect employees of the United States, any employee who works for a corporation completely owned by the United States and an employee employed on property that the United States has exclusive jurisdiction on regarding labor relations.
This bill shall take effect on July 1st, 2019.
Statement of Intent:
This bill plans to increase the freedoms of workers and help poorer workers living paycheck to paycheck to get by. Through making union membership and paying dues optional, disadvantaged Americans will have more essential income to pay for the necessities of themselves and their families. This bill is also meant to expand the freedoms given to public workers under Janus v. AFSCME in order to allow all workers this right.
This bill will have a minimal cost since it only needs to change the laws and create a complaint form. Any necessary funds will come from Department of Labor funding.