Legislation prohibiting unions from forcing state employees to pay union dues is making its way through hearings at the State Capitol. It’s unclear whether the effort to unionize state workers would result in all employees in a certain division – even those who do not wish to join – paying union dues. The legislation, sponsored by Senator John Russell of Lebanon, would prevent that from happening. Senator Russell says many state workers do not want to join a union because they question the benefits of doing so. Unions insist there are advantages, adding it would be unfair for all workers to benefit while only some would pay dues.