SB 167 Paycheck Protection

SB 167 Paycheck Protection — Leo Knepper of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania has let us know that bills providing for paycheck protection moved out of  the Senate State Government Committee, Jan. 31, on a party line vote.

Senate Bill 166 prohibits the use of dues collected from members of  public unions to be used for political causes. It specifically exempts “negotiation, resolution, arbitration, administration or enforcement” of collective bargaining agreements.

Senate Bill 167 prohibits the use of dues to be used for politics and voids all provisions in collective bargaining agreements allowing it.

“Currently, government unions can deduct contributions for their political action committees (PACs) and dues money that will be used for political purposes directly from government employees’ paychecks,” says Knepper. “In other words, the unions are using taxpayer funded systems to collect money for politics.

“Why should it be legal for unions to use the public payroll system for political purposes, but illegal for former-Speaker John Perzel to use the constituent data system to help sway elections?” he said.

Our question: Why should the state even collect union dues? If the money has to be deducted automatically, it’s a pretty good indication that the union member is not thrilled with the leadership?

Why should union dues that more often than not  merely enrich union bosses be a requirement for membership in the first place? SB 167

SB 167 Paycheck Protection

Kentucky Slams Union Corruption

Kentucky Slams Union Corruption — Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 7, became the nation’s 27th right-to-work state when Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill passed by the newly seated state legislature. November’s election put the GOP in control for the first time in almost a century.

“Right to work” means employees may refuse to pay union dues. This is a good thing. Mandatory dues do not advance the cause of the working person. Anyone not brain dead can see this considering what has been happening to unions over the last 50 years.

Mandatory union dues, however, do provide nice lifestyles for union bosses and fund the political campaigns of those who would like to put working people out of work. Kentucky Slams Union Corruption

Kentucky last week end struck a big blow against corruption. Pennsylvania are you listening?

Kentucky Slams Union Corruption


West Virginia Goes Right To Work

West Virginia Goes Right To WorkWest Virginia Goes Right To Work — Legendary labor powerhouse West Virginia — the land of  Matewan and the UMWA — just went “right to work”.

“Right to work” means it is illegal to make as a condition of employment joining a union or paying union dues. One can still join a union, of course, or pay dues. He just can’t be fired if he chooses not to do so. Maybe he doesn’t like his hard-earned, involuntarily taken money being used for his local’s leader’s  $277,000 salary. Or perhaps, he’s really mad that it winds up as donations to politicians who support unrestricted immigration, closing refineries, and Planned Parenthood while opposing letting him have the means to defend himself if he should feel the need.

Polling shows that 74 percent of U.S. voters support “right to work”.

West Virginia follows in the footsteps of legendary labor powerhouses Michigan and Indiana which went RTW in 2012, and Wisconsin which did so last year.

West Virginia’s law was enacted yesterday, Feb. 12, when the state House and Senate overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.

West Virginian also, yesterday, repealed its prevailing wage law which is a law that mandates workers on public projects be paid at a rate set by the government rather than the market.

Pennsylvania also has a prevailing wage law. It is estimated that it adds 20 percent to the cost of public works. This means that a new high school that cost $130 million with prevailing wage would cost $104 million without it. It would be almost as if the community magically found $26 million.

If reforms such as these could happen in West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, there is no reason to think they couldn’t happen in Pennsylvania.

West Virginia Goes Right To Work and ends prevailing wage.



John Kane Compensation Challenge

We were challenged concerning the $277,000 taxable compensation we reported John Kane, who is the Democrat’s nominee for the 26th District State Senate race,  was receiving as business manager of Plumber’s Local 690 of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

Here you go.

Kane receives $156,537 in salary for his job as business manager and $119,213 as co-chairman of the union’s vacation fund, as per the IRS 990 form that is required to be filed by the vacation fund.

Vacation fund. He is taking $119,213 for running the vacation fund. Don’t you think this  be part of his already well-compensated job as the union’s business manager?

And if we are reading the 990 correctly he is only working one hour a week at it.

LOL. You still want to contribute to his campaign?

Kane says he will continue taking the money even if he should win the seat, which comes with a $84,012 salary and very nice benefits.

People like Kane are what make the rest of us poor.

Kane is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Ted Erickson, a decent, honest guy. The Republican nominee is Delaware County Councilman Tom McGarrigle, another decent, honest guy who grew up in Springfield, attended a public vocational high school and runs a well-liked garage.

And for the rank and file of Local 690:  here is a list of the salaries of your leaders, which includes $1,431 in benefits for Kane not mentioned on the 990 form.

Note seven of them are making six figures. Are you really getting your money’s worth? Don’t think it would nice if you could actually withhold your dues rather than having them automatically deducted? You think maybe you might get better representation if you had this ability?


John Kane Compensation Challenge

John Kane Compensation Challenge

Paycheck Protection Benefits Teachers

 By Matthew J. Brouillette Pope Says Redistribute Wealth

Pennsylvania’s AFL-CIO union boss Rick Bloomingdale is absolutely right that there is a “war on workers” here in Pennsylvania—he should know, because he is waging it. His recent opinion piece on PennLive tries, and fails, to defend the indefensible, getting the facts wrong in the process.

What has Bloomingdale so upset?

It’s a proposal that would simply stop using public resources to collect union campaign contributions and political money for government unions.

Far from an attack on workers, this reform would actually give union members a stronger voice in how their dues and campaign dollars are spent. It is not anti-union. It is pro-worker.

If Rick Bloomingdale were interested in protecting the middle class, he’d be standing alongside teachers like Rob Brough rather than against them.

Just ask Rob Brough, a teacher in Pennsylvania who must pay fees to a government union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, in order to keep his job.

“Their agenda and political ideals are counter to what I believe, and it is a kick in the teeth every time my dues are withdrawn from my hard-earned paycheck and handed off to some organization that I would never contribute to of my own free will,” Brough said.

Shouldn’t the PSEA have to look Rob in the face, ask him for his $680 in dues, and then explain how the union plans to spend it? Since Rob is forced to pay this money to keep his teaching job, isn’t it fair that he should be empowered to have a stronger voice in how his money is spent on politics?

Right now, the leaders of the PSEA and other government unions don’t have to do that. They can use taxpayer resources to collect campaign contributions and political money directly out of employees’ paychecks.

Not only is this unfair to taxpayers; it hurts the very workers government unions claim to represent. Union members are harmed because union bosses don’t have to explain the unions’ political expenditures to members.

That’s what the legislation Bloomingdale references would fix. And he’s wrong that it would affect “all unions”—it only affects government unions, the ones that represent people whose salaries we taxpayers pay.

Bloomingdale argues that ending this special legal privilege for government unions and requiring them to play by the same rules as everyone else “singles out unions only for unnecessary and burdensome rules and restrictions.”

In reality, it is teachers like Rob who are singled out for onerous and unfair restrictions on their hard-earned money—not union bosses.

Imagine if the National Rifle Association or Planned Parenthood demanded taxpayers pay for the collection of their lobbying funds and campaign contributions. They would be ridiculed and rejected – and rightfully so.

Government unions enjoy this same benefit of using your township, borough, city, and state tax dollars to collect their political money and deny union members the ability to hold their union bosses more accountable. No other private or political organization enjoys this financial and political privilege.

Unions can – and should – play by the same rules as everyone else. One questions how viable and relevant government unions are today if, as Bloomingdale implies, they are so dependent on taxpayer subsidies that they would have to close up shop should they lose this exclusive legal privilege.

Paycheck protection would do one thing: Stop the use of taxpayer resources for politics. That, in turn, would set teachers free, allowing them to make their own choices with their own money. It won’t end collective bargaining or keep unions from collecting dues. They would simply have to do it themselves.

Protecting the paychecks of union members and taxpayers is supported statewide. No less than three separate polls of Pennsylvanians reveal overwhelming support for ending Bloomingdale’s exclusive legal privilege.

One survey of likely voters revealed that 79 percent of voters (and 75 percent of union members) agree that unions should not be permitted to use taxpayer-funded resources to collect government union dues.

The public gets it because no other political group enjoys such privileges on the taxpayers’ dime. There is no greater pro-worker and pro-taxpayer proposal than ending the taxpayer-funded collection of dues and campaign contributions for government unions.

If Bloomingdale were truly interested in protecting the middle class, he’d be standing alongside teachers like Rob Brough rather than against them.

Matthew Brouillette is president and CEO of Commonwealth Foundation

Paycheck Protection Benefits Teachers


NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell

NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell — This video is courtesy of Lisa Esler

We have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year.
— Bob Chanin

For the record, Bob, a whole lot of those dues are collected unwillingly. You end the practice of requiring the school district employing them to forcibly deduct dues from their paychecks you’ll find that most of those people stop chipping in. I guess they think you really don’t represent them all that well and don’t feel obliged to pay for your one-percenter lifestyles and support for extremist social policy.

NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell

Right To Work Plan Unveiling For Pa.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129) has announced that he and several colleagues will hold a news conference 11 a.m., Jan. 22 in which they will  unveil a package of legislation known as the Open Workforce Initiative.

This initiative would empower Pennsylvania workers by providing them with more freedom to decide whether or not to join a union, says Cox.

Stay tuned.

Right To Work Plan Unveiling For Pa.

Right To Work Plan Unveiling For Pa.


Michigan Gov. Signs Right To Work Law

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed his state’s right-to-work bill into law, this evening, Dec. 11. Michigan, the home of the United Auto Workers and the heavily unionized auto industry, becomes the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.
The day was marred by widespread union violence in Lansing, Michigan’s capital. Unions bussed protesters in from several neighboring states, and teachers left work in two school districts to protest to such an extent that those districts shut down, reports Bryan Preston of PJMedia.Com
Union boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr. has promised “civil war” and the state Democratic Party directly threatened “blood,” says Preston. Americans for Prosperity’s on-site tent was torn down by unknown union operatives, with people including children inside. Conservative comedian and PJ alum Steven Crowder was assaulted by a man who appeared to be a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. A reward has been building on Twitter for the assailant’s arrest and prosecution. The man was at the protest representing the IBEW, opening the possibility of Crowder suing the union itself. On Twitter, Crowder says that the man also threatened to kill him.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania, despite a Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature, remains backward, oppressed and uncompetitive. Is it simple fear Gov. Corbett? If so step down and let a Republican with backbone take your place.
 Michigan Gov. Signs Right To Work Law
Michigan Gov. Signs Right To Work Law

Indiana 23rd Right To Work State

Indiana 23rd Right To Work State — Gov. Mitch Daniels this afternoon, Feb 1, signed legislation making Indiana the nation’s 23rd “right to work” state.

Right to work” laws prohibit agreements between and employers that make membership, payment of union dues, or fees a condition of employment.

Pennsylvania is a notably not “right to work” state as are just about all in the declining Northeast and Midwest.

Excepting Indiana now, of course.


Indiana 23rd Right To Work State

Indiana 23rd Right To Work State

I’d Almost Be Willing To Get A Job To Strike

I’d Almost Be Willing To Get A Job To Strike — The popularly elected majority in the Wisconsin Senate finally got sick of the game-playing by Democrats and their public union masters, and approved 18-1, March 9, a bill stripping away collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Needless to say the left has become quite upset and for us that means we get the image of the week.

This was taken from DemocratUnderground.Com on March 9 shortly before midnight and ProudDad perfectly illustrates the mindset of the liberal/progressive/giveme giveme voter.

I’d Almost Be Willing To Get A Job To Strike