A special “Thank You” to our APSCUF members that emailed county commissioners last week to ask them to vote NO on Resolution 1 at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) conference. We are pleased to inform our members that the County Commissioner who introduced the resolution withdrew it rather than allow a vote.
Resolution 1 supported House Bill 1507, the legislation that prohibits the collection of membership dues, legal defense fund contributions or fees, and political/campaign contributions by government as a matter for collective bargaining with public sector unions.
We thank the APSCUF members that quickly responded to this request and to the County leaders that rejected this misguided resolution.
This is one battle won, but the war is far from being over. The Pennsylvania Labor Movement in 2014 has been defined by the fight against anti-union legislation that would interfere with negotiated dues deduction. Backed by out-of-state billionaires, House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034 would make it illegal for public sector unions to collectively bargain for automatic deduction of union dues. This is a critical next step towards making Pennsylvania the next “Right to Work” state.
Please continue to communicate with your local legislators and ask them to oppose HB 1507 and SB 1034. Please forward their responses and positions to state APSCUF at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out your local legislators here.