Initiated Measure 23 does exactly what its title says: Title: An initiated measure to give certain organizations the right to charge fees.
Attorney General Explanation: (The shortest of the season)
The measure gives corporate organizations and non-profit organizations the right to charge a fee for any service provided. This measure takes effect on July 1, 2017.
South Dakota is a right to work state. That means that union membership is not required for employees, thus any rights won by a union—wages, working conditions, etc—apply to all employees of a particular company. This measure makes it legal for unions to charge a fee to non-members. Their site, http://www.voteyes23.org/ is just a bit snarky, but it gets one’s attention.
From the Secretary of State’s 2016 Ballot Question packet, https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/2016%20BQ%20PamphletCover.pdf:
Imagine, you and co-workers pool your money to hire a specialist to negotiate a better contract. Several other workers refuse to help pay for maintaining the contract. They get the same raises you paid to negotiate. The same pension and health care benefits. The same legal protection. Without your investments, there wouldn’t be raises, a pension and health benefits.
How would you feel?
As of right now, opponents have only a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Defending-Workers-Rights-South-Dakota-225196397881164/.
From the Secretary of State’s site noted above:
Workers should decide on union membership. Don’t let your right to work become pay to work.
It all boils down to a fairness issue. There are a few unions in South Dakota. If you are in an occupation that has a union and you don’t belong, how do you feel about this bill? Do you donate to the cause even though you aren’t a union member? And union members: how do you feel about the bill? Is there a problem?
This is the final chapter of my ballot measure summaries. Thanks to the Secretary of State’s website, www.sdsos.gov, numerous proponent and opponent websites, and the SoDak Liberty and Dakota Free Press blogs for facts, information, and logical opinions.
Have a great day.