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Union dues deduction bill fails in Senate

PHOENIX — Republicans pushing a ban on automatic deductions of union dues
from public employees’ paychecks are having a rough time getting legislation
through the Senate.

The Senate Committee of the Whole took several votes that saw the anti-union
bill fail on Thursday. Two votes saw 17 Republicans and Democrats unite against
the measure that would impact police and firefighters unions.

Proponents say employees should be able to voluntarily pay union dues.

House Speaker Andy Tobin has said he was waiting for the Senate to take action
on the issue.

The Legislature passed a similar measure in 2011, but the bill exempted public
safety from the prohibition. A federal court threw it out.

Last year, a measure that didn’t exempt public safety workers passed through
the Senate but not the House.

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