Right to Work
Right to Work legislation restores the workers of Pennsylvania’s Constitutional freedom of association by allowing them to choose whether or not to join, or pay dues to a union. Learn more about what “right to work” means by clicking here.
In the states where Right to Work has passed, it has shown to be an economic boom, both in job creation and in increased wages for working families. It will also help improve the unions in general, because they will be forced to be more responsive to their members to retain membership.
There are several pieces of legislation that promote Right to Work for the state of Pennsylvania:
- House Bill 50 (Metcalfe)
- House Bill 51 (Rapp)
- House Bill 52 (F. Keller)
- House Bill 53 (Cox)
- House Bill 54 (Knowles)
Pennsylvania’s criminal code currently declares harassment, stalking and even threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction to be protected activities when done by parties engaged in a labor dispute. This loophole needs to be closed so that all parties — union members and business owners alike — are held to the same standard as everyone else.
Prevailing wage is the artificial process of determining what wage an individual should be paid on a public works project, based primarily on union wages. It increases the cost of public works projects by 15-30% and forces many schools and municipalities to forgo important projects. This archaic process needs to end.
Paycheck protection legislation will simply require unions to collect their own dues from their members, just like any other union. Individuals are in jail today because they collected money that was used for political purposes while collecting a government paycheck. This is no different. It’s time to end this special privilege for all unions, but especially taxpayer-funded ones.