Oliver Says Anti-Union Bill Is DOA

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver

TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says that a Republican bill that would allow public workers to opt out of joining a union is “dead on arrival.”

The New Jersey Right to Work Act, introduced by Asw. Amy Handlin (R-Middlesex & Monmouth) and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Mercer & Monmouth), would prohibit the payroll deduction of union dues from public employee salaries.


“This type of move may play elsewhere, but, quite simply, this anti-worker bill will never see the light of day,” said Oliver (D-Essex.) “Radical conservative ideology such as this has no place in New Jersey.”

“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is extremely disappointed with Assembly members Handlin and O’Scanlon for sponsoring and introducing this type of radical legislation. We thank Speaker Oliver for her comments and for recognizing this as simply a way to weaken labor unions and negatively impact New Jersey’s middle class workers,” said NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.

Twenty-two states have right-to-work laws that prevent labor unions from forcing workers to join or pay dues.

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