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Labor unions rally against paycheck bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014 12:29 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Labor unions are widening their fight over legislation in Pennsylvania that aims to prevent the state and local governments from deducting union dues and union political action committee contributions from the paychecks of unionized workers. 

A raucous union rally packed the Capitol Rotunda so tightly today police forced many more union demonstrators to wait outside in freezing cold. 

Members of private- and public-sector unions showed up to assail the legislation as an ``attack on workers' rights'' led by out-of-state billionaires and conservative groups that don't disclose their donors.

No vote on identical House and Senate bills has been scheduled in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Democrats are opposed to it. Republican Governor Tom Corbett says he'd sign it, while top House and Senate Republicans have been noncommittal.

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Comments: 2

  • Larry img 2014-01-28 21:09

    This is legislation introduced by the American Legislative Economic Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN) through republican legislators, not by the constituents of the Commonwealth.

    The cost to the state in collecting union dues is negligible. It is only another function of state government to protect worker rights and working conditions. Being that the fundamental objection of conservatives is that the state is providing for the collection of political contributions, the state would still collect union dues for job training and education, operations, and facility maintenance.

    This legislation sole purpose is to enhance the wealth of the one percent at the expense of the 99 percent, and disarm the political influence of unions who protect working families.

    ALEC & SPN are stating that unions are taking money from workers, parents, and families

    If ALEC, SPN, and republicans were truly concerned with workers, parents, and families they would support increasing the minimum wage to reflect both inflation and productivity gains, implement the progressive tax rates to that of the Eisenhower administration of ninety percent for wealthiest individuals to restore the tax base for investment in our nation, paid family leave for pregnancy or elderly care, and Obamacare.

    This legislation is solely for self enrichment and power of the one percent, and defunding the union opposition who are true defenders of working families.

    • lancaster45 img 2014-01-31 14:41

      I'm really confused about your comments. This is about automatically collecting union dues from government employees that will be used for political purposes. Government employees are legally prohibited from participating in political activities. That's it. Not all union dues. Not how much it costs to collect them. It's about taking money from people and using it or activities they are legally prohibited from participating in.

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