Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pennsylvania--the next right-to-work state?

Could Pennsylvania  be the next right-to-work state? It has a Democratic governor, so the short term prospects aren't good. However, a few years ago, it would be absurd to think that Michigan could go RTW.

From ABC 27 Harrisburg:
A group of Republican legislators in the state House of Representatives have unveiled a package of bills that would allow Pennsylvania workers to opt out of joining a union.

Under the Open Workforce Initiative, state and local government workers, school teachers, and private-sector employees could not be forced to join a union and pay dues in order to receive and keep their jobs.

Public sector employees could opt out of their union at any time.

One of the prime sponsors of the legislation, Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks), said forcing workers to join a union as part of their employment goes against the basic principles of freedom and liberty.
Very few workers--just seven percent of them--have actually voted to join a union. Most joined because they had no choice.

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