Minn. bill would make it harder for public employee unions to use dues for politics, magazines

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 18, 2011 - 4:30 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota lawmaker wants to block public employees' union dues from going to support political activity, foundations and magazines unless employees ask to contribute to those items.

A Senate state government panel postponed action Monday on the bill from Republican Sen. Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park until after the Legislature returns from a weeklong break.

Wolf says her proposal isn't anti-union but meant to give union members more control over dues deducted from their paychecks.

Wolf, a teacher who belongs to the Education Minnesota union, says about $60 of roughly $400 she pays in dues end up going to political action committees, foundations and publications.

Her bill would stop that unless an employee made a request in writing.

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