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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2013 04:35 PM
From: Representative Bryan Cutler and Rep. Joe Emrick
To: All House members
Subject: Union Dues
Please find attached a copy of legislation we plan to introduce in the near future to eliminate the ability of unions to negotiate provisions in collective bargaining agreements that require the Commonwealth or municipalities to collect any form of union dues for representative unions.

Our legislation amends the Public Employee Relations Act (Act 195 of 1970) to eliminate the ability of public employers and representative unions to negotiate clauses in collective bargaining agreements which requires the deduction of union dues or political contributions from paychecks. It is important to note that several groups such as prison guards, firemen and policemen will not be affected by this proposal.

Since some of this money is used for political purposes we do not believe that the public employers funded by tax dollars should be in the business of collecting these fees for representative unions. Our legislation takes the public employer out of the “loop” when collecting such fees against non-members, and requires that the representative union collect these fees directly for their members.

We hope you will join us in supporting this initiative.

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Introduced as HB1507