HARRISBURG — Businesses and organized labor in Pennsylvania are clashing over a proposal to eliminate the mandatory payment of union dues by non-union employees in some professions,” The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2011).
A package of bills, introduced this session by state House Republicans, seeks to repeal state laws requiring all state workers, local government employees and public school teachers to pay dues, even if they choose not to join a union, it said.
Business groups claim the compulsory dues are an affront to freedom and the so-called “right-to-work” laws would increase personal income and job creation. Right-to-work means that employees are not required to join labor unions or pay union dues, even if they choose to work in a union shop.
- Read a story by reporter Eric Boehm, titled “Right-to-work measures latest battleground between business, labor” and published Tuesday in The Independent.