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 […]


Ironworker gets 4 years in racketeering case

Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 4:59 PM Whenever union ironworker Richard Ritchie became involved, already tense situations tended to escalate. A protégé of Local 401 boss Joseph Dougherty, he often bragged about his willingness to get aggressive with contractors who refused to […]


Emmaus, firefighters to square off in Commonwealth Court

By Patrick Lester Of The Morning Call June 15, 2015  Attorneys for Emmaus Borough and the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association are due in Commonwealth Court Monday afternoon to present arguments in the months-long dispute over borough firefighters and whether they should be classified as borough employees entitled to unionize. The case is one of several […]


Union work on taxpayers’ dime

Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015, 1:09 AM James Sherk In 1976, Jerry Jordan began his career teaching Spanish in Philadelphia public schools. A decade later, Jordan left the classroom to work full time for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. He is now the union’s president, negotiating with public officials for union members’ wages and benefits […]


Missouri Dem Gets 50K Of Union Cash Right After Killing Right-To-Work Bill

Connor D. Wolf Contributor 10:05 AM 06/14/2015 Despite not running for office, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon received a sizable campaign contribution Wednesday from a major union less than a week after killing a bill that would have ended forced union dues in the state. House Bill 116 was signed by House Speaker John Diehl […]