The self-created image of public sector unions as the protector-of-the-little guy is being expertly debunked by a new reform group. A series of legal actions brought by the Harrisburg-based public interest law center, The Fairness Center, reveal an ugly pattern of union bullying and trampling over laws and individual rights. The cases show that unions are really about squashing potential competitive challenges (like charter schools) and forcing workers, who oppose joining a union, to pay dues to support political candidates and activities - a direct violation of state law.
The news coverage surrounding the trial and conviction of Ironworkers Local 401 boss Joseph Dougherty on federal extortion charges last month highlighted, in graphic detail, the reprehensible activity of some unions against merit shop contractors. It’s safe to say he didn’t intend it, but Dougherty has become the most influential advocate for proposed legislation in Harrisburg to give state prosecutors the means to target union violence.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:08pm
Testimony presented to the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee
in support of House Bill 1507
Presented by: David N. Taylor, Executive Director
Submitted by Maura Donley on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:57am
Ron Miller said that a 2012 US Chamber of Commerce study entitled “Sabotage, Stalking and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Law for Labor Unions” alerted him to the special union carve-out. Pennsylvania stands out in the study, but is certainly not alone. Illinois, California, Nevada, and Wisconsin have similar laws protecting bad actors.
The study notes that the Wisconsin Legislature found it necessary to explicitly state that the crime of sabotage cannot be construed in any way that would impair or curtail any labor organizing activities.
Miller’s Legislation Clears House
A February indictment of ten self-proclaimed union “THUGS” on federal conspiracy and racketeering charges turned out to prove what State Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) had been identifying for years. The graphic descriptions of deplorable behavior in the indictment provided the final boost for Miller’s legislation that brings a “measure of civility” to labor negotiations.
Submitted by Maura Donley on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:09pm
PMA calls for government to stop collecting political money for private groups
HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association supports House Bill 1507, sponsored by Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), and Senate Bill 1034, sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair), to end the corrupt practice of using taxpayer money on political activities.
Stop Big Labor's Protection Racket
Submitted by Maura Donley on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:15am