Freedom Foundation

Policy Analysis of SB 5623 and HB 1575: Undermining Public Employees’ Constitutional Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court in June 2018 ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it is unconstitutional to require public employees to financially support a union as a condition of employment and that unions and government employers may not make union deductions from an employee’s wages without the clear and affirmative consent of the employee.

In light of declining union membership among public-sector unions in Washington, legislation under consideration Olympia seeks to maximize unions’ dues-collection ability at the expense of public employees’ rights.

House Bill 1575 and its identical companion Senate Bill 5623 contain a series of measures sought by government unions to help shield them from legal liability for illegal dues-collection practices and boost their ability to collect dues in the future. The bills continue legislative efforts to undermine Janus begun in 2018.

Read the Freedom Foundation’s full policy analysis of HB 1575/SB 5623 below.