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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 11, 2015 10:30 AM
From: Senator Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Right to Work
Shortly, I plan to reintroduce my Senate Bill 1073 to make Pennsylvania a Right to Work state. Previous cosponsors were Senators Folmer, Vance, White, Eichelberger, Smucker, Alloway, Brubaker, and Waugh.

A Pennsylvania Right to Work law would simply restore the right of individuals to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. The fact is, if Pennsylvanians are to truly have freedom of association, the right to refrain must also be protected. Currently, this basic protection applies to most federal employees and citizens in nearly half of all American states.

With Indiana and Michigan recently enacting state Right to Work laws, 24 states (plus Guam) now have such laws: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Not only are citizens in these states protected from compulsory unionism but with Right to Work states consistently outperforming non-right to Work states in job and compensation growth, they also enjoy significant economic advantages that come with a state Right to Work law.

I hope Pennsylvania will soon become the 25th Right to Work state.

Introduced as SB650