New bill to be heard next week please reach out to your elected representatives urging them to vote no on any right to work bills. Amy Regier's Right to Work bill draft has been introduced. The sponsor for HB 251 is Rep. Caleb Hinkle (R).
Sisters and Brothers,
We are looking for members to reach out to Senators Walt Sales SD 35 Manhattan area, Senator Brian Hoven SD 13 Great Falls area, and Senator Bruce(Butch) Gillespie SD 9 Ethridge area. Please reach out to your Senators asking them to vote no on SB 89. Talking points below.
For HB 168 please contact House Business and Labor Committee you can call 406.444.4800 leave a message for that Committee.
BELOW ARE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENT:
To submit a comment opposing SB89 or HB 168 go to https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/ and follow the instructions below.
1. After you fill out the required fields, you must choose the committee to which you would like to submit a comment. You have the option of either legislators or committee. Choose Committee and then select (S) State Administration or (H) Business and Labor from the drop-down menu.
2. Under Bill Type and Number select SB and type 89 or HB 168.
3. Enter your message to the committee. Keep it simple and to the point. Below are message guidelines.
Attached to this email is also individual contact information for the committee members.
Below are some recommendations for how to speak against SB89.
Most Montanans agree that working people should have the freedom to join together in strong unions if they choose to. SB89 is an attack on public service workers' freedom to negotiate for the quality public services we all rely on
SB89 targets frontline workers-the nurses, teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, sanitation and food service workers who kept us safe and our communities functioning during the COVID outbreak
SB89: ILLEGAL INTRUSION ON WORKER RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
(1) Unlawful government intrusion on the voluntary relationship between unions and their members
(2) Allows the government to tell workers what they can and can't do with their own paycheck
(3) Creates a bureaucratic nightmare
SB 89 is government overreach and an assault on the freedom of speech and association of frontline workers like nurses, educators, police, and state troopers who protect, serve, educate, and care for Montana citizens.
No one is ever forced to join a union and union members voluntarily agree to pay dues.
Union members are not forced to join the union but instead choose to join.
SB 89 creates chaos in school districts, local governments, and state governments by allowing any number of parties to negotiate with public employers. SB 89 sows discord and undo a century of labor stability and peace in Montana.
In every unionized public sector worksite in Montana - school districts, universities, cities, counties, state, and more - management and workers have VOLUNTARILY negotiated that the employer will deduct dues for members from their paychecks. No one forced this to occur; both workers and employers have agreed over and over again that this is an efficient and practical option.
SB 89 is harmful to our nurses, law enforcement, firefighters, and teachers who have delivered essential services to every Montana community during a global pandemic and deserve better.
SB 89, HB 168, and HB 251: HARMFUL MONTANA WORKERS, UNNECESSARY, AND JUST NOT THE MONTANA WAY.