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PUBLIC HEARINGS DEMANDED ON SENATE COMPULSORY UNIONISM BILL

 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan Staub, president of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, has called on Sen. Albert V. Belan (D-45th), chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, to hold public hearings on Senate Bill 399 which would allow local, county and municipal governments to negotiate "agency shop" forced dues contracts over all employees.
 "Any legislation affecting nearly 300,000 public employees in more than 1,100 of our local government entities as this one does, deserves full public attention and discussion," stated Staub. "And any such reprehensible legislation which would exact the price of freedom from our public workers needs a thorough public review."
 The compulsory unionism proposal would allow union officials to negotiate contracts requiring all bargaining unit members to pay union dues, even nonmembers. Currently, under Act 84, all state employees and education employees in more than a third of the state's school districts must pay fees in lieu of union membership as a condition of employment.
 "This is nothing more than a blatant political payoff to union officials," said Staub, "which will simply put the power of local governments in the hands of union officials who have no accountability to citizens. It makes no sense to taxpayers who must foot the bills for union contract excesses and it is a tyrannical abuse of individual freedom for the employee."
 "I'm calling upon Sen. Belan to do the right thing by scheduling pubic hearings on this critical issue so that the voices of our citizens can be heard. It is not unreasonable to expect such far-reaching public policy to have public airing."
 The measure, sponsored by Sen. J. William Lincoln (D-32nd), is scheduled for a Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 24.
 Pennsylvanians for Right to Work is a non-profit citizens' lobby dedicated to voluntary unionism.
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 /CONTACT: Jada Baker or Susan Staub of the Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, 717-233-1227/


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