July 11, 1986 |
Denouncing it as an attempt to strip workers of their "freedom of choice," Gov. Thornburgh vetoed a pro-labor bill yesterday that would have required public employees to pay union dues regardless of whether they were union members. Thornburgh's veto was expected. In his veto message, the governor said that the bill, called the "agency shop" measure, would have taken away an employee's right to support, or not to support, a union. "Indeed, the exercise of individual choice tends to act as an incentive for leadership to effectively represent membership since, under present law, a member can protest poor performance or policies of the union with which he or she disagrees by choosing to leave the union and stop paying dues," Thornburgh said.
September 5, 1991 |
A state hearing examiner has ruled that the city's blue-collar union must repay almost $600,000 in dues allegedly collected illegally from non-members. An attorney for District Council 33, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said she will appeal the ruling to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. Nan Lassen, the union's attorney, said DC33 has the right to collect dues from 2,000 non-members under provisions of the state Public Employee Relations Act. Under that act, unions with "union security" clauses in their collective bargaining agreements are allowed to require non-members to pay dues, Lassen said.
June 4, 1987 |
Supporters and opponents of controversial "agency-shop" measures before the General Assembly said yesterday that they would intensify their lobbying efforts after a week in which the bills got bogged down in both chambers. On Monday, the House tabled a bill affecting school employees after a provision was attached that would have slashed millions of dollars in state aid from Philadelphia schools. House Majority Leader James J. Manderino (D., Westmoreland) said he would not call up the bill for a vote until he was certain he had enough votes to kill the amendment.
March 5, 2010 |
The National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia filed unfair-labor-practice charges this week against Aramark Corp., accusing the Philadelphia food-service company of withholding union dues and failing to bargain. A hearing is set for May 3 before a Philadelphia NLRB administrative law judge. More than 1,300 Aramark workers at the Convention Center, St. Joseph's University, the University of Pennsylvania's Steinberg Conference Center, the Wachovia Center, Citizens' Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field are affected.
September 20, 2014 |
During most of her 25 years as a public schoolteacher, Jane Ladley did not have much use for the teachers' union, and now that she's retired, she's taking things one giant step further: She's suing it. On Thursday, the 61-year-old former Avon Grove district teacher and another teacher from Lancaster County filed a lawsuit against the state's largest teachers' union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, over the handling of money they were...
December 14, 2012
I DON'T BELONG to the American Bar Association because, years ago, the national umbrella group for my profession announced that it supported abortion rights. Not that anyone was really asking. Not that it was particularly relevant to the business of lawyering. Not that a statistical consensus had been reached as in, "Hi, my name is Trixie and I know I'm interrupting your dinner but, um, can I ask you a few questions about abortion?" The ABA simply came out and announced that it strongly supported Roe v. Wade . As soon as I found that out, I sent the money I would have paid in membership dues to several pro-life organizations.
December 11, 1999 |
Twenty-one nonunion Philadelphia prison workers yesterday sued the city, contending it is illegally deducting from their paychecks union dues that are being used by the union on political activities. The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, is the second recent suit against the city by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Inc., of Springfield, Va., over the issue of involuntary payroll deduction of dues from nonunion workers.
June 30, 2016
By Bill Pounds and Hugh Giordano In April, union-heavy West Virginia became the 26th right-to-work state in the country, leading some to wonder if Pennsylvania would soon follow. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives wasted no time introducing a package of six bills designed to make this thought a reality. Passing these bills would be a mistake for working people and business owners alike. At their most basic level, unions exist as a way to protect employees, considering that corporate interests begin with all the bargaining power.
July 15, 1990 |
When it came time to pay the union dues, the boy would wend his way from his rowhouse on Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia to the Plasterer's Hall, just across Broad Street. It was more than 20 blocks to the Melon Street hall, and he was young, 8 or 9 years old, but the errand for his father was more than a chore. Edward F. Toohey was in training. Inside the hall, the son of Irish immigrants heard union talk, workingman talk, talk of politics. He was fascinated, and he worried that the plasterers would toss him out because they were strict about allowing in only those who belonged.
December 27, 2012
By Matthew Rousu Now that Michigan has passed "right-to-work" legislation, such laws are in place in 24 states, allowing workers the right to choose not to pay dues to a union even if their company or organization has one. Pennsylvania should follow Michigan's lead. While I think the strongest argument for a right-to-work law has to do with freedom, let's focus on three substantial ways it would help Pennsylvania's economy. First, more money would stay in Pennsylvania. A portion of money currently spent on union dues goes out of state.