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PENNSYLVANIA 'AGENCY SHOP' BILL CALLED POLITICAL PAY-OFF

 PENNSYLVANIA 'AGENCY SHOP' BILL CALLED POLITICAL PAY-OFF
 HARRISBURG, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Scoring the passage of


H.B. 1312, "agency shop" forced union dues authorization over local and municipal employees, on a 117-79 vote in the state House of Representatives, Pennsylvanians for Right to Work President Susan Staub called the vote a clear-cut case of election year pandering to union officials.
 "It's a neat, mutual political back-scratching mechanism that would benefit union officials and the politicians they support at the expense of non-union workers, taxpayers and local government officials. This is election year pandering at its worst," Staub said.
 "Right to Work members are deeply disappointed that proponents of coercion carried the day in the House, but are encouraged by the leadership of those lawmakers who offered amendments in an effort to defeat this outrageous bill," Staub continued.
 "State Representatives Armstrong (R-98), Fargo (R-8), Gallen (R-128), Heckler (R-143), Ryan (R-168), and Saurman (R-151) deserve the praise of all Pennsylvanians who cherish worker liberty and local control of government for their strong efforts to amend the bill," she said. "Though they did not prevail their amendments, they certainly exposed the bill and made the sponsors' agenda clear."
 Particularly revealing, she said, was the rejection of amendments by Armstrong and Heckler. They argued that equity would be served by their amendments which would have removed the "burden" of representing non- members of unions rather than passing H.B. 1312 which would require fees from individuals who did not want and did not vote for union representation.
 "That the majority of the legislature rejected this fair approach is absolute proof that their purpose was to line the coffers of union treasuries rather than relieving unions of the 'burdensome responsibility' of representing non-members, as the bill's sponsors had claimed," Staub observed. "Taxpayers will not be fooled by this thinly disguised pay-off which would create havoc in every community in the commonwealth."
 The bill now moves to the Senate, where opponents will work for its defeat.
 Pennsylvanians for Right to Work is a non-profit citizens organization dedicated to voluntary unionism.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Staub, president of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, 717-233-1227/ CO: Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG


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