Fire fighters' union challenges recent Alabama payroll legislation

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) filed suit in Alabama to challenge the recently passed state law regarding the deduction of union dues from government workers' paychecks.

Act 761 prohibits the practice of deducting dues unless the organization does not use them for political activity. The announcement of the suit came one day before the passage of a similar payroll bill by the Florida State House.

"This Alabama law is part of a nationwide assault on our union, and other public employee unions," said IAFF general president Harold Schaitberger.

IAFF 14th District Vice President Danny Todd alleged that the law was "aimed solely at breaking unions by making it virtually impossible for our members to pay their dues and make voluntary political contributions through the long-accepted procedure of payroll deductions."

The IAFF and its affiliates - including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union - are challenging the new legislation by claiming it is unconstitutional and in violation of both free speech and due process. 

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