Another attack on workers' rights is brewing in Harrisburg. This time it's in the guise of a so-called cost-savings measure known as "paycheck protection."
It sounds nice, right?
These "paycheck protection" bills should more adequately be named "paycheck deception" bills because they are written to deceive people about their real intent.
They take away workers' voices on the job by prohibiting workers from supporting safe jobs and good jobs through their voluntary payroll deductions.
While I, along with my co-workers, would be prohibited from negotiating payroll deductions, all other payroll deductions to big banks and insurance companies, as well as charities are allowed even though all of these organizations spend millions on lobbying - for legislation that benefits them.
These bills discriminate against workers, and labor unions. They hurt working families, by tilting the playing field even further in favor of corporate interests who benefit from silencing workers.
Our legislators need to raise up the voices of the working people and condemn this legislation for being unfair to workers and bad for Pennsylvania.
I urge Senator John Eichelberger to oppose HB 1507 and SB 1034.
President, Teamsters Local 8