Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 37° Clear
News >  WA Government

New law would get rid of written authorization for union dues and fees in Washington

The Legislative Building in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
The Legislative Building in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
From staff reports

OLYMPIA - Employers hiring under a collective bargaining agreement won’t have to ask for written authorization before deducting certain dues or fees from an employee’s salary under a new law signed Friday.

Under the law, written authorization is not required before deducting fees from an employee’s pay that are necessary to enforce union security provisions within an agreement.

Supporters of the bill say it will provide more consistency in the way union dues are collected.

The law does require that employers obtain written authorization for any deduction of payment that is not for union dues or equivalent fees.

It also removes the requirement that employee’s written authorizations of deductions to be filed with the employer.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)
Sponsored

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.