Governor’s veto overturned!

NEPBA lobbyist Steve Panagiotakos has announced efforts were successful to override Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of a bill filed to overturn the Janus Bill.

The bill was drafted in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31.  In Janus, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a union-backed collective bargaining dues bill was easily overturned last week as the Senate voted 39-1 on Sept. 19 to approve the bill over Baker’s veto, a day after the House voted 154-1 to do so.

Labor Committee Co-chairman Rep. Paul Brodeur of Melrose said the bill’s passage would bring an end to “free riders” who he said are able to access union services in grievance situations without being a member or paying dues to cover services. The bill establishes fair processes for communications between unions and people that unions represent, he said