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2011 House Bill 4059: Ban putting union stewards on public payroll
  1. Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on January 13, 2011, to ban government employee union contracts that pay employees who are union officials for time they spend on the job conducting union business. Among other government employers, many public school districts give local union officials full teacher salary and benefits but do not require them to teach or perform any other educational function.
    • Referred to the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on January 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 15, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 13, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 13, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Ananich (D) on April 13, 2011, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Joint Resolution I or the identical House Joint Resolution S, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those constitutional amendment proposals are placed on the ballot and approved by a vote of the people. Those amendments would declare collective bargaining to be a right for “every person,” including government employees. Under current law (but not under the constitution), public schools and local governments are required to bargain with government employee unions to determine the pay and benefits of their employees. Under the proposed amendment, this law could not be repealed, and the mandate would be extended to private sector employers as well. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 13, 2011.
  2. Passed 59 to 47 in the House on April 14, 2011, to ban government employee union contracts that pay employees who are union officials for time they spend on the job conducting union business. Among other government employers, many public school districts give local union officials full teacher salary and benefits but do not require them to teach or perform any other educational function.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 26, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on April 26, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 24, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-7) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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