Auto-drafts to public employee organizations banned under new bill | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is CJ Staff.

    A bill filed Thursday in the N.C. Senate would repeal a law permitting state employee organizations to draft dues automatically from members' paychecks. Senate Bill 87, State Emps./No Payroll Dues Deduction, was filed by Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, Todd Johnson, R-Union, Carl Ford, R-Rowan, and Buck Newton, R-Wilson. Almost alll primary bill sponsors chair powerful appropriations sub-committees. Newton chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    "This is a bold move that could potentially be devastating to highly politicized state employee associations like NCAE and SEANC," said Brian Balfour, senior vice president of research at the John Locke Foundation. "Without the automatic dues deduction, members would need to actively send in payments, and that process will prompt them to pause and think about how their dues money is being used. Many members won't like that their money is being used to back political campaigns they don't agree with, and in turn quit their membership."

    North Carolina has been a "Right to Work" state for 75 years. Employees here are free to work in any role without being required to join a union. The North Carolina Association of Educators and the State Employees Association of North Carolina are the largest public employee organizations, collecting dues drawn directly from some members' paychecks to negotiate public policy on their behalf and offer insurance, discounts, and other benefits.

    NCAE is associated with the National Education Association and has had declining N.C. membership in recent years, now representing an estimated 18% of teachers statewide. Dues to the organizations are on a sliding scale depending on an educator's role, with teachers paying the highest dues, more than $500 annually, and substitutes paying the lowest at around $100 annually.

    The group has actively opposed the Republican-led General Assembly, exerting political pressure to fight school choice options like Opportunity Scholarships and expansion of public charter schools. The group also pushed for Gov. Roy Cooper to veto Republican-drafted state budgets, even when there were raises for teachers in them. NCAE was also linked to calls for teacher walkouts in the first years of Republican control of the legislature. More recently, NCAE advocated for extended school closures for in-person learning during the COVID pandemic and opposed the bipartisan Senate Bill 220 to reopen schools. During the academic aftermath, NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly started a firestorm from parents and teachers when she claimed there was not student learning loss from the closures.

    SEANC is the largest public employee organization, representing more than 43,000 state employees and state retirees, with about half of them participating in payroll deduction, according to a 2020 state audit. SEANC has already begun offering members a bank draft alternative.

    "By switching to an alternative payment option (APO) you don't have to worry about defaulting on your insurance payments or membership dues if the General Assembly removes our ability to deduct from payroll/pensions. We are cutting out the middle man to make sure you don't lose any of the valued benefits and programs you enjoy," SEANC states in a document outlining the alternative draft program.

    The North Carolina Troopers Association is the third-largest public employee organization, representing 1,200 members with 1,086 of them on payroll deduction plan as of 2020.
Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

Local Government Commission Approves Financing for 220-Bed Wayne County Jail Carolina Journal, Statewide, Editorials, Government, Op-Ed & Politics, State and Federal Wake DA closes investigation of Stein in case tied to challenged NC criminal libel law


Latest State and Federal

The United States Supreme Court has already ruled equal representation of counties in state legislatures to be unconstitutional.
Former President Donald Trump will be arraigned in a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday afternoon after being indicted this week, court officials said on Friday.
Louisiana Republican lawmakers gained a significant upper hand after a longtime Democrat switched parties.
Leftist billionaire George Soros denied that he knows or has donated money to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who indicted former President Donald Trump on Thursday, but the prosecutor's campaign efforts were assisted by a group which Soros funds.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett reportedly spoke with Biden administration officials in recent days about contending with the banking crisis.
On Thursday, the state Senate passed House Bill 40, Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder, a bill that would increase penalties for damaging property while rioting.
Former New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie doubts an indictment would benefit former President Donald Trump’s 2024 election chances.
Top Republicans from around the country responded to the news that former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury by saying that the case was an example of political persecution.
The N.C. Supreme Court has rejected a friend-of-the-court brief in the Harper v. Hall redistricting case from Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein.


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg released a statement Thursday evening confirming that former President Donald Trump has been indicted and that plans are being made for him to surrender.
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, decried the prospect of former President Donald Trump being indicted.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis quickly responded to news on Thursday that former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury by calling into question the legitimacy of the case and saying that the state will not assist an extradition request.
Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled his plan Wednesday that will put $1 billion into addressing North Carolina’s mental health and substance use crisis.
Former President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury by saying that the case was an example of political persecution and election interference.
A Manhattan grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump in connection with so-called hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016, according to a report.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk predicted former President Donald Trump would benefit greatly in the 2024 presidential election should he be arrested.
The government-imposed COVID lockdowns wreaked havoc on America’s youth emotionally, mentally, and educationally. Now, new data shows that child gun-related fatalities and assaults skyrocketed in four major liberal cities from March 2020 to December 2021.


Back to Top