LD 404
Session - 127th Maine Legislature
LR 259
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §629, sub-§4,  as repealed and replaced by PL 2007, c. 524, §1, is amended to read:

4.  Deduction of service fees.   Public employers may not deduct service fees or member dues owed by an employee to a collective bargaining agent from the employee's pay , without signed authorization from the employee, and remit those fees to the bargaining agent, as long as: .
A The fee obligation arises from a lawfully executed and implemented collective bargaining agreement; and
B In the event a fee payor owes any arrears on the payor's fee obligations, the deduction authorized under this subsection may include an installment on a payment plan to reimburse all arrears, but may not exceed in each pay period 10% of the gross pay owed.


Current law allows a public employer to deduct service fees owed by an employee to a collective bargaining agent pursuant to a lawful collective bargaining agreement. This bill prohibits a public employer from collecting those fees or collecting member dues.

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