SECTION 1. Chapter 150A as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking section 3 and inserting in place thereof the following:-
Section 3. (a) Employees, or a single employee in a one-man unit, shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in concerted activities, for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. An employee shall also have the right to refrain from any such activities.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, no person shall be required, as a condition or continuation of employment, to:
(1) become or remain a member of a labor organization;
(2) pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other similar charges, however denominated, of any kind or amount to a labor organization; or
(3) pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or pro rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of members of a labor organization.
(c) Any agreement, understanding or practice, written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor organization and employer which violates the rights of employees as guaranteed by provisions of this section is hereby declared to be unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect.
(d) Any person who directly or indirectly violates any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any violation of this Chapter.
(e) Any person injured as a result of any violation or threatened violation of the provisions of this section shall be entitled to injunctive relief against any and all violators or persons threatening violations.
(f) Any person injured as a result of any violation or threatened violation of the provisions of this section shall recover any and all damages, including costs and reasonable attorney fees, of any character resulting from such violation or threatened violation. Such remedies shall be independent of and in addition to the penalties and remedies proscribed in other provisions of this section.
(g) It shall be the duty of the Attorney General of this State to investigate complaints of violation or threatened violations of this Chapter and to prosecute all persons violating any of its provisions, and to take all means at his or her command to ensure effective enforcement.
(h) The provisions of this section shall not apply:
(1) to employers and employees covered by the Federal Railway Labor Act;
(2) to federal employers and employees;
(3) to employers and employees on exclusive federal enclaves;
(4) where they would otherwise conflict with, or be pre-empted by, federal law; or
(5) to any employment contract entered into before the effective date of this section. However, the provisions of this section shall apply to any renewal or extension of any existing contract.
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