Foes argue ballot measure circumvents right-to-work laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A coalition of business groups has launched a campaign against a labor-backed ballot measure going before voters in November, arguing that the plan would circumvent South Dakota’s right-to-work laws.

Initiated Measure 23 would give corporate or nonprofit organizations the right to charge fees for services provided.

Measure supporters say it fixes unfairness in state law. They say it would allow a union that has a collective bargaining agreement with an employer to charge fees to non-union members covered under that contract for services such as representation during the grievance process.

Those behind the campaign against the ballot measure say the plan is designed to force people who choose not to belong to unions to pay them fees anyway.

If approved, the measure would go into effect in 2017.