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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 17A: Pay-roll deductions for union dues of employees of state, county or municipality

[ Text of section effective until September 19, 2019. For text effective September 19, 2019, see below.]

  Section 17A. Deductions on pay-roll schedules may be made from the salary of any state, county or municipal employee of any amount which such employee may specify in writing to any state, county or municipal officer, or the head of the state, county or municipal department, board or commission, by whom or which he is employed, for the payment of union dues to an association of state, county or municipal employees, dues to the Massachusetts State Employees Association, dues to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, or dues payable to any relief association of any municipal department. Any such authorization may be withdrawn by the employee by giving at least sixty days' notice in writing of such withdrawal to the state, county or municipal officer, or the head of the state, county or municipal department, board or commission, by whom or which he is then employed and by filing a copy thereof with the treasurer of the association.

  The state treasurer, the common paymaster as defined in section one hundred and thirty-three of chapter one hundred and seventy-five, or the treasurer of the county or municipality by which such employee is employed, shall deduct from the salary of such employee such amount of union dues, dues to the Massachusetts State Employees Association, dues to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, or dues payable to any relief association of any municipal department as may be certified to him on the payroll, and transmit the sum so deducted to the treasurer of said association; provided, that the state treasurer or the county or municipal treasurer, as the case may be, is satisfied by such evidence as he may require that the treasurer of such association has given to said association a bond, in a form approved by the commissioner of revenue, for the faithful performance of his duties, in a sum and with such surety or sureties as are satisfactory to the state treasurer or county or municipal treasurer; and provided, further, that whenever an association or union of state, county, or municipal employees is certified or obtains consent recognition under the provisions of chapter one hundred and fifty E, such deductions shall be made for dues only to the certified or recognized association or union.

  This section shall be effective in any county, city or town which has accepted it in the manner provided by section two of chapter seven hundred and forty of the acts of nineteen hundred and fifty, or which accepts it in the following manner:--In a county by vote of the county commissioners; in a city having a Plan D or Plan E charter by majority vote of its city council; in any other city by vote of its city council, approved by the mayor; and in a town by vote of the board of selectmen.

Chapter 180: Section 17A. Pay-roll deductions for union dues of employees of state, county or municipality; revocation

[ Text of section as amended by 2019, 73, Sec. 5 effective September 19, 2019. For text effective until September 19, 2019, see above.]

  Section 17A. Deductions on payroll schedules may be made from the salary of an employee of an amount that the employee may specify in writing to that employee's employer or its representative under chapter 150E or to an employer made subject to chapter 150A by chapter 760 of the acts of 1962, for the payment of union dues or fees to an employee organization. The authorization for payroll deduction may be irrevocable pursuant to the terms of that authorization for a period of not more than 1 year after the authorization and shall be revocable solely pursuant to the terms of revocation specified in the employee authorization. An authorization consistent with the terms of this section shall be accepted by the employer. The treasurer of the employee organization or relief association shall notify the office of the employer responsible for implementing payroll deductions of an authorization revocation not later than 15 calendar days after it is received.

  If an authorization for payroll deduction does not specify the terms for revocation, then the authorization may be withdrawn by the employee by giving not less than 60 calendar days notice in writing of that withdrawal to that employee's employer responsible for implementing payroll deductions and by filing a copy of the notice with the treasurer of the employee organization.

  The state treasurer or the treasurer of the employer that employs the employee shall deduct from the salary of that employee the amount of union dues or fees certified to that treasurer on the payroll and transmit the sum so deducted to the treasurer of the employee organization; provided, however, that the state treasurer or the treasurer of the employer, as applicable, is satisfied that the treasurer of the employee organization has given the employee organization a bond, in a form approved by the commissioner of revenue, for the faithful performance of that treasurer's duties, in a sum and with such surety as is satisfactory to the state treasurer or treasurer of the employer. Whenever an employee organization is certified or obtains consent recognition under chapter 150A or chapter 150E, such deductions shall be made for dues or fees only to the certified or recognized employee organization.

  This section shall be effective in a county, city or town that has accepted it in the manner provided by section 2 of chapter 740 of the acts of 1950 or that accepts this section in the following manner: (i) in a county, by vote of the county commissioners; (ii) in a city having a Plan D or Plan E charter, by majority vote of its city council; (iii) in any other city, by vote of city council, approved by the mayor; and (iv) in a town, by vote of the board of selectmen.