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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 10, 2015 01:37 PM
From: Senator Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
Subject: Strengthening Union Democracy
I will be introducing legislation that will strengthen public employees’ rights to democratic self-governance by providing regular recertification elections of their employee union.

As members of the General Assembly, we must all stand for re-election to ensure we represent the will of our constituents. However, public employee unions that also act in a representative capacity to their membership are exempted from this democratic process.

In fact, more than 99 percent of school teachers have not voted for their current union acting as their exclusive representative in the collective bargaining process. In the past 30 years, less than 2 percent of school districts have held certification elections.

The decertification process is overly restrictive, providing little opportunity for public employees to reassert their desire for their current exclusive representative, a different employee union, or no representative at all. My legislation will call for periodic elections, empowering public employees to hold their union accountable.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB1059