Paycheck protection' passes Pennsylvania Senate; unions complain - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

Paycheck protection’ passes Pennsylvania Senate; unions complain

From, October 16, 2015

HARRISBURG – In a vote that largely followed party lines, the state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit public-sector unions from using employee paycheck deductions to fund certain political activities.

Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. (R., Blair), the sponsor of the so-called paycheck protection legislation, called it a “”major victory”” for union workers. “”It protects members from being forced through the union to fund political candidates or causes they don’t support,”” he said.

Unions quickly decried the bill as a politically motivated attack. Senate Democrats echoed that sentiment, alleging the Republican-pushed bill was designed solely to undermine the state’s largest teachers’ union, which has traditionally supported Democratic causes

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