HB 1199

A South Dakota House committee is passing on legislation that removes collective bargaining for the state’s public universities.

Proponents say the bill will give universities more flexibility

Critics say the bill makes South Dakota’s conservative labor structure even more anti-union.

Currently, five other states don’t allow collective bargaining at their state universities. During public testimony of House Bill 1199, of the 3,500 eligible employees who are union eligible, only 122 are due paying members.