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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2021 02:20 PM
From: Representative David H. Rowe
To: All House members
Subject: Protecting the Rights of Pennsylvania Public Employees
Please join me in sponsoring legislation to ensure that we protect the rights of Pennsylvania public employees. For too long, special interests have used the levers of government to entrench and enrich themselves off of the backs of workers. My legislation is designed to level the playing field so that all Pennsylvanians can enjoy their rights. Details of the bill are below. 
This legislation would:
  • Guarantee that public employees’ First Amendment rights are protected by repealing an unconstitutional statute and helping government workers know their legal rights.
  • Allow government workers to leave a union at their choice, rather than waiting for a narrow 15-day window at the end of a multi-year contract.
  • Establish affirmative consent for union membership, wherein a worker’s consent to join a union cannot be presumed, rather it must be in writing.
  • Require workers to recertify a union, through an election, every three years.
  • Enable workers to represent themselves in contract negotiations.
  • End the taxpayer-funded collection of union dues and PAC money.
Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB1117