Rapp Renews Right to Work Battle, Urges Governor to Lead
1/22/2013
HARRISBURG – State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) joined in a state Capitol press conference with House members, leading Right to Work advocates from across the state and several negatively impacted individuals committed to ending the practice of compulsory unionism on Tuesday to officially reintroduce the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative.

Rapp’s Right to Work legislation (House Bill 51) would prohibit labor unions from collecting compulsory union dues from non-union public school employees.

“As a lawmaker who has sponsored this legislation for several years now, it is very discouraging to see a state such as Michigan, that has been dominated by the United Auto Workers union, become America’s 24th Right-to-Work state, while Pennsylvania has yet to advance any Right-to-Work legislation for an up-or-down committee vote,” said Rapp. “Even more disheartening, are Governor Tom Corbett’s recent comments that Pennsylvania lacks the political will to become America’s next Right-to-Work state. If Governor Corbett would step out and take a lead on this issue, rather than continuing to sound the retreat, Pennsylvania would become America’s next Right-to-Work state.”

Designed to protect the individual freedoms of Pennsylvania’s working citizens and energize the economy by ending the practice of compulsory unionism, other bills comprising the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative are as follows:

House Bill 50 would make employment no longer conditional upon union membership or paying dues to a union.

House Bill 52 would prohibit labor organizations from collecting compulsory union dues from non-union state employees.

House Bill 53 would prohibit labor organizations from collecting compulsory union dues from non-union local government employees.

House Bill 54 would prohibit private-sector employment from being conditional upon membership or non-membership in a labor organization. Compulsory dues would be prohibited for non-union members.

• House Bill 250 would give public employees the freedom to opt out of their union membership at any time during their contract. Current law only allows employees to terminate their union membership 15 days prior to the expiration of the contract.

During the past decade, private-sector employee compensation grew 12 percent in America’s Right to Work states as compared to only 3 percent in forced unionism states, such as Pennsylvania.

“It is unconscionable for any level of government to allow union leaders to profit or maintain their existence by leeching off the earnings of another,” said Rapp. “Under House Bill 51, Pennsylvania’s professional educators and all other public education employees would no longer be forced to pay out millions of dollars in annual compulsory union dues in order to obtain maintain or employment. Instead these individuals would be granted the freedom to re-appropriate these strong-armed union dues to pay for their mortgage, groceries, automobiles, utility bills, clothing, or otherwise spend or save as they see fit.”

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State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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