Labor panel continues amid dues controversy

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A panel of labor representatives working with the Patton administration will not disband, as it appeared might happen last month after members walked out of a meeting without adjourning.

The Governor's Employee Advisory Council will meet again on Jan. 13, according to both state officials and members of the council. But the issue of contention, requiring state workers to pay union dues, still isn't resolved between the two sides.

Mike Haydon, deputy secretary of the Governor's cabinet, said fair share still won't be negotiated. Fair share is the deduction from employee paychecks for union dues without direct permission from the employee.

"It's still off the table," Haydon said. "It's been a point of contention from day one, but we haven't moved on that."

Gov. Paul Patton's May 2001 executive order creating the council says, "Employees may agree in writing to a voluntary payroll deduction of membership dues," and "No employee of classified service shall be required, coerced or unduly influenced in any manner to join an employee organization."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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