The loophole mentioned, a paycheck deduction for union dues, is not a loophole at all but rather a very common practice by public and private employers. Employers withhold allocations from employees’ paychecks for a variety of reasons: health insurance, charitable giving and 401(k) plans; despite the author’s allegations, this is not a nefarious practice. Rather, banning any collection of union dues would create a special-interest loophole
This is nothing but a nakedly political effort to silence working Pennsylvanians.
PACs and the wealthy spend untold amounts of money on politics, and the ability of the worker to organize and fight back against these elites is a protected right of free speech. Eliminating their right to collect dues (and a voluntary political contribution) to work together in support of candidates and policies that benefit the middle class is an assault on all workers.
There’s no financial or legal reason to take up a punitive measure against unions. The only intent of such a bill is to make sure the working class of Pennsylvania has no voice in the democratic process, paving the way for our rights to be trampled.
The writer is president of SEIU Local 668, Pennsylvania Social Services Union.
Originally published via “The Morning Call”: http://bit.ly/2ouFrMC