Statement on Special Session Priority to Prohibit Taxpayer Dollars from Collecting Union Dues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2017

Contact: John Colyandro

AUSTIN – The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) today issued the following release regarding Governor Abbott’s special session item to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues.

Senate Bill 7, authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) and HB 156, authored by Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), will prohibit state and local governments from automatically withholding or deducting union dues from public employees’ paychecks, regardless of the profession of the employee.

“We’re thankful for our government employees, and they’re free to join whatever organizations they want to, but the taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for collecting their dues,” said Senator Hughes.

Bill author and TCC Vice President Representative Isaac added, “Texans don’t ask much of their government, but one thing they do expect is responsible and transparent stewardship of their hard-earned money. Texas is a right-to-work state, and it’s simply not appropriate for labor unions to be given preferential treatment. It’s long past time to end the outdated practice of using taxpayer-funded resources to collect dues for private organizations.”

Support for this legislation continues to grow as 35 TCC members have signed on in support of the effort, including:

  • Senator Paul Bettencourt
  • Senator Brian Birdwell
  • Senator Donna Campbell
  • Senator Kelly Hancock
  • Senator Don Huffines
  • Senator Jane Nelson
  • Representative “Doc” Anderson
  • Representative Cecil Bell
  • Representative Kyle Biedermann
  • Representative Greg Bonnen
  • Representative Dustin Burrows
  • Representative Briscoe Cain
  • Representative Tony Dale
  • Representative Gary Elkins
  • Representative Pat Fallon
  • Representative Dan Flynn
  • Representative James Frank
  • Representative Craig Goldman
  • Representative Cole Hefner
  • Representative Mark Keough
  • Representative Phil King
  • Representative Matt Krause
  • Representative Mike Lang
  • Representative Jodie Laubenberg
  • Representative Jeff Leach
  • Representative Rick Miller
  • Representative Jim Murphy
  • Representative Tom Oliverson
  • Representative Tan Parker
  • Representative Dennis Paul
  • Representative Matt Rinaldi
  • Representative Scott Sanford
  • Representative Matt Schaefer
  • Representative Mike Schofield
  • Representative Matt Shaheen
  • Representative Ron Simmons
  • Representative Valoree Swanson
  • Representative Tony Tinderholt
  • Representative Terry Wilson
  • Representative Paul Workman
  • Representative Bill Zedler