Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Halting Union Dues Deductions Argued

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Halting Union Dues Deductions Argued

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HARRISBURG -- A conservative group looking to pass legislation that would cut off automatic dues deductions from public sector unions is turning up the heat on lawmakers in the state Capitol.

Bills proposed in the state House and Senate would bar the state and municipal governments from deducting union dues or political contributions from the paychecks of most public employees -- though prison guards, police officers and firefighters are excluded from the bill.

Neither piece of legislation has yet to move out of committee, although backers of the bills -- as well as a number of unions strongly opposing the bills -- have stepped up their lobbying and public relations efforts in recent weeks.

Lawmakers supporting the bill had a news conference Monday, and a Pennsylvania AFL-CIO event is scheduled for today to highlight opposition to the legislation.

The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank that has been one of the most outspoken proponents of the legislation has sent out two statewide mailings to those who vote regularly on the issue, one in December and one this month. …

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