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Two more ironworkers get prison for campaign of intimidation, sabotage

Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:09 AM Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:30 PM   Two more members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 were sentenced to prison this week for participating in an organized campaign of violence, sabotage, and intimidation intended to pressure builders into hiring union workers. William […]

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Teachers union gets free office space from broke Philly school district

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org While local students are forced to go without basic supplies like toilet paper and textbooks, the School District of Philadelphia is giving away thousands of dollars of free office space each year to the local teachers union. OFFICE SPACE: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers does not have to pay for […]

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Unionizing battle for Pennsylvania home-care workers heating up

April 8, 2015 12:17 AM By Bill Toland / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A national battle over ongoing home-care worker organizing efforts has been rekindled in Pennsylvania now that a coalition of care providers and recipients has sued the Wolf administration, claiming an executive order issued by the Democratic governor is a stealth unionization attempt. On Monday, […]

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Despite setback, paycheck protection still alive in Pennsylvania Senate

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — A united front of Democrats paired with a group of five Republicans more sympathetic to organized labor has left so-called paycheck protection legislation in a perilous spot, but the math still says the controversial bill limiting the collection of union dues can emerge from the state Senate. […]

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Secrecy surrounding union contracts’ costs sparks legislation from GOP

By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 06, 2015 at 6:06 PM, updated April 06, 2015 at 8:49 PM Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget secretary’s refusal to say how much state employee labor agreements currently being negotiated are anticipated to cost next year has sparked calls for changing the state’s […]

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PA Lawmakers Locked Out As Governor Negotiates Deals With Public Unions

By Connor D. Wolf Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania expressed concern with the way Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and state union have been negotiating a multibillion dollar labor deal — that is, as they allege, completely behind closed doors. In a letter issued Tuesday, key state lawmakers asked the governor to fulfill a request made by […]

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Ironworker gets 75 months for ugly ‘nightwork’

Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:43 PM James Walsh opened the door to Courtroom 3A and peered at the more than two dozen people gathered at the federal courthouse to support him. “Showtime,” he said. One by one – his children, his […]

Pennsylvania lawmakers push for open public-sector union bargaining

By Brad Bumsted Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10:36 p.m. Updated 10 hours ago HARRISBURG — With billions of dollars at stake in upcoming state union negotiations, key lawmakers say they will look closely at legislation that would require public-sector union negotiating sessions to be open to taxpayers. “Secrecy breeds distrust,” said Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster County. […]

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Healthiest State Economies Are Right To Work States

Richard Larsen — March 18, 2015 This past week, Wisconsin became the 25th state in the union to pass and sign into law so-called “right to work” legislation. Despite the pejorative light oftentimes associated with right to work (RTW) laws, all they do in is proscribe the requirement that a worker join or pay dues […]