ORS 243.806¹
Agreement authorizing public employer to make deductions from salary or wages of public employee
  • duties of public employer regarding deductions and remittance
  • revoking authorization

(1) A public employee may enter into an agreement with a labor organization that is the exclusive representative to provide authorization for a public employer to make a deduction from the salary or wages of the public employee, in the manner described in subsection (4) of this section, to pay dues, fees and any other assessments or authorized deductions to the labor organization or its affiliated organizations or entities.

(2) A public employer shall deduct the dues, fees and any other deduction authorized by a public employee under this section and remit payment to the designated organization or entity.

(3)(a) In addition to making the deductions and payments to a labor organization or entity described in subsection (1) of this section, a public employer shall make deductions for and payments to a noncertified, yet bona fide, labor organization, if so requested and authorized by a public employee, in the manner described in subsection (4) of this section.

(b) The deductions and payments made in accordance with this subsection shall not be deemed an unfair labor practice under ORS 243.672 (Unfair labor practices).

(4)(a) A public employee may provide authorization for the deductions described in this section by telephonic communication or in writing, including by an electronic record or electronic signature, as those terms are defined in ORS 84.004 (Definitions for ORS 84.001 to 84.061).

(b) A public employee’s authorization is independent of the employee’s membership status in the labor organization to which payment is remitted and irrespective of whether a collective bargaining agreement authorizes the deduction.

(5) Notwithstanding subsections (1) to (4) of this section, a collective bargaining agreement between a labor organization and a public employer may authorize a public employer to make a deduction from the salary or wages of a public employee who is a member of the labor organization to pay dues, fees or other assessments to the labor organization or its affiliated organizations or entities.

(6) A public employee’s authorization for a public employer to make a deduction under subsections (1) to (4) of this section shall remain in effect until the public employee revokes the authorization in the manner provided by the terms of the agreement. If the terms of the agreement do not specify the manner in which a public employee may revoke the authorized deduction, a public employee may revoke authorization for the deduction by delivering an original signed, written statement of revocation to the headquarters of the labor organization.

(7) A labor organization shall provide to each public employer a list identifying the public employees who have provided authorization for a public employer to make deductions from the public employee’s salary or wages to pay dues, fees and any other assessments or authorized deductions to the labor organization. A public employer shall rely on the list to make the authorized deductions and to remit payment to the labor organization.

(8)(a) Notwithstanding subsection (10) of this section, a public employer that makes deductions and payments in reliance on the list described in subsection (7) of this section is not liable to a public employee for actual damages resulting from an unauthorized deduction.

(b) A labor organization that receives payment from a public employer shall defend and indemnify the public employer for the amount of any unauthorized deduction resulting from the public employer’s reliance on the list.

(9) If a labor organization provides a public employer with the list described in subsection (7) of this section and the employer fails to make an authorized deduction and remit payment to the labor organization, the public employer is liable to the labor organization, without recourse against the employee who authorized the deduction, for the full amount that the employer failed to deduct and remit to the labor organization.

(10)(a) If a dispute arises between the public employee and the labor organization regarding the existence, validity or revocation of an authorization for the deductions and payment described under subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the dispute shall be resolved through an unfair labor practice proceeding under ORS 243.672 (Unfair labor practices).

(b) A public employer that makes unauthorized deductions or a labor organization that receives payment in violation of the requirements of this section is liable to the public employee for actual damages in an amount not to exceed the amount of the unauthorized deductions. [2019 c.429 §6]

Chapter 243

Notes of Decisions

Effect of Public Employe Rela­tions Act is to modify authority of Personnel Division so that, while division retains responsibility for es­tab­lishing general job salary grades and classifica­tions, specific salary within each range which is paid to employe in public employe bargaining unit is subject to negotia­tion or arbitra­tion under terms of this chapter. AFSCME v. Executive Dept., 52 Or App 457, 628 P2d 1228 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Provision of collective bargaining agree­ment giving present employes lateral transfer rights was valid under ORS 240.321 (Collective bargaining) and fact that its imple­menta­tion resulted in male succeeding female employe did not violate state af­firm­a­tive ac­tion statutes. State Executive Dept. v. OPEU, 91 Or App 124, 754 P2d 582 (1988)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

State agencies paying carpooling employes’ parking fees, (1974) Vol 36, p 1015

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 23, 44 (1971)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 243—Public Employee Rights and Benefits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors243.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 243, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano243.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information