Bill would prevent automatic deduction of federal employee union dues

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill to prevent the federal government from automatically deducting union dues from employees' paychecks.

Federal workers are not required to automatically deduct union dues from their paychecks, and union membership is voluntary. They can choose to submit union dues by cash or check instead if preferred. But Meadows said his legislation would only allow unions to collect dues directly from federal employees, rather than going through the government.

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"This bill in no way restricts a federal employees’ right to join a union, but it ensure that no taxpayer dollars are used in the collection of union dues," Meadows said. 

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced a similar bill in the 112th Congress when he was a member of the House. 

"We don’t begrudge anyone the right to join a union, but collecting dues is a responsibility that falls to the unions themselves," Scott said of the bill introduced by Meadows.