The Texas chapter of the AFL-CIO is opposing a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives that would criminalize payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees.
H.B. 1980, sponsored by Reps. Tan Parker and Jim Murphy, would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a business or labor union to automatically deduct a political contribution from an employee’s paycheck without first getting the individual’s permission. Employees would have to explicitly choose to donate under a system distinct from existing agreements to pay dues or deduct other funds.
A statement from the AFL-CIO state chapter called the bill “an attempt to prevent unions from engaging in political activities.”
Currently, unions may solicit PAC contributions and collect them through payroll deductions, although workers may choose to opt out.