Pennsylvania Politicians and Interest Groups Reacted Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling That Government Workers Can’t Be Forced to Pay Dues to Labor Unions That Represent Them in Collective Bargaining [Derived Headline]

By Venteicher, Wes | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 27, 2018 | Go to article overview

Pennsylvania Politicians and Interest Groups Reacted Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling That Government Workers Can’t Be Forced to Pay Dues to Labor Unions That Represent Them in Collective Bargaining [Derived Headline]


Venteicher, Wes, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Pennsylvania politicians and interest groups reacted Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that government workers can’t be forced to pay dues to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.

Gov. Tom Wolf:

“The Court’s decision is a major step backward for working families and the middle class. For generations, unions in our country have fought for and won protections we all enjoy, including the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid time off and improved conditions.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto:

“This anti-worker decision was completely expected, and only strengthens our resolve to come together and protect the middle-class jobs our city and country are built upon. We depend upon unionized workers to deliver core city services from police patrols to garbage collection, and pothole patching to fighting fires. They are here in our time of need, and in turn we will be there for them. I and other elected officials from across the country will do all we can to stand with our workers and fight back against the powerful forces gathering against them.”

Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a huge step forward, empowering workers and putting more money in the paychecks of public employees, for them to do what they want with it, not what union bosses want. With this precedent now in place, as governor, I will be able to make the necessary reforms to ensure that more Pennsylvanians can find jobs, they can be compensated fairly for them, and we can make reforms to the public education system we need. If Tom Wolf and the public sector union bosses are really committed to protecting and empowering workers, they should celebrate this decision and the freedom it provides.”

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale:

“Businesses are not mandated to give away goods and services free of charge to whomever walks through their door. But labor unions are legally required to represent every working person in a workplace, regardless of their membership status. …

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