I'm writing in response to the recent letter regarding the "Paycheck Protection Act" written by Christi Waltz of East Freedom.
As an ardent conservative, and a union member, I feel that it is important to debate the issue based on facts, not on inaccurate anecdotal information.
Waltz states that it takes a full day for a county payroll employee to calculate deductions for union dues in order to have them taken out by the county.
While that may have been true 40 years ago, it is nowhere near the truth today.
In this age of QuickBooks and other accounting software, a payroll deduction for union dues, child support payments, FICA taxes, etc., requires nothing more than checking a box to deduct or not deduct a pre-calculated amount or percentage from said employee's paycheck.
The cost to the county is less than $1 a month, if printer ink, check costs and postage are all figured in - not exactly a burden to the taxpayer.
Waltz also brings up the issue of union political activities. While political spending by union dues' money is a valid concern, it is also a fact that municipalities themselves use taxpayer money for political activities and lobbying as well. The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania School Board Association and other politically active groups are all recipients of taxpayer money through membership dues paid by counties, cities, schools and other municipalities.
And let's be clear about the real intent of the "Paycheck Protection Act," which has been misrepresented by many, including our local legislators.
Its intent is to reduce union membership by making union members feel the pinch of paying dues rather than having them taken out of their paychecks sight unseen.
Our current president and countless politicians in Washington and the states have all too often rushed to misrepresent various pieces of legislation in order to garner public support for it.
This is not a tactic our local conservative legislators should stoop to duplicating.