Senate GOP advances bills on labor negotiations, contracts

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2015 2:39 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- A bill to require government employers to publicly post proposed collective bargaining agreements online two weeks before they are finalized is advancing after heated exchanges during Pennsylvania Senate debate.

The bill passed 30-19 along party lines.

Majority Republicans passed the bills after demanding, but failing to get, details about Governor Tom Wolf's contract negotiations with employee unions.

Republicans say the measures are good for government transparency and fiscal responsibility.

Democrats say it's a union-busting tactic and that Republicans are uninterested in applying similar requirements to other government contracts.

Other provisions would require an estimate of an agreement's costs before it's finalized and expose documents exchanged during negotiations to Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law.

The bill would cover state and local governments, including school districts. Fire and police contracts would be exempt.

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