Court upholds Wolf order organizing home health care workers

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 21, 2018 1:13 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's highest court says Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf didn't exceed his authority in setting up a process to give some union rights to home-based workers who care for elderly and disabled people.

A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Wolf's 2015 executive order formalizes a voluntary system to obtain information and discuss issues and doesn't impinge on the Legislature's prerogative.

The court, however, wants a lower court to examine whether the administration violated privacy rights by giving unions the names and contact information for the 20,000 direct care workers.

Wolf calls the decision a step toward his goal of improving home-based health care.

A lawyer for the people and groups who sued says they're concerned their employment relationship will be affected by negotiations that they had believed weren't legally permitted.

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