Complaint about unions’ political letter referred to PA attorney general

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has punted a complaint about a political letter sent by state and national teachers unions last fall, saying it’s up to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office to decide what to do about it. In a July 21 order, the board said its rules and […]

U.S. seeks 22-plus years for ex-Ironworkers leader Joseph Dougherty

Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:44 PM Once one of the city’s most powerful labor leaders, Joseph Dougherty, the 73-year-old former chief of Ironworkers Local 401, will likely die in prison. Still, prosecutors have urged a federal judge to add at least […]

NLRB Backs Off Assault On Right-To-Work Laws…For Now

Posted by Editor on July 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm In a move that will surely disappoint unions, the National Labor Relations Board has announced that it is suspending its request for briefs on whether unions should be legally allowed to charge non-union members grievance fees in Right-to-Work states. Although the issue had become highly […]


Reflections on Independence Day

What is FREEDOM?  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines FREEDOM as “the quality or state of being free; the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; and the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.” On July 4, […]


Supreme Court takes up dispute over union fees

Published June 30, 2015 Associated Press The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say […]


Payroll protection about fairness for taxpayers

SCOTT MARTIN | Special to LNP | Updated 5 hours ago Mitchell Sommers recently made the case (“ ‘Payroll protection’ no more than a bid to destroy unions,” Opinion, June 2) that those of us who favor ending the automatic deduction of union dues for employees of Lancaster County government basically “hate the unions” and […]


Suit: Union Withholds Teacher’s Charitable Contribution

BY: Bill McMorris June 19, 2015 3:00 pm A Pennsylvania high school teacher is suing the state’s largest teachers union for violating her right to free speech. Linda Misja, a 35-year veteran high school teacher, alleges that the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is discriminating against her by refusing to allow her to donate dues […]