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Kauffman Joins Colleagues in Calling for Passage of Right-to-Work Legislation
1/24/2013
Rep. Rob Kauffman (fourth from right) joined state House members, organizations from across the Commonwealth and individuals negatively impacted by forced unionism to officially reintroduce the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative for the 2013-14 legislative session.  
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) once again has joined state House members, organizations from across the Commonwealth and individuals negatively impacted by forced unionism to officially reintroduce the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative for the 2013-14 legislative session.

“No one should be forced to join or financially support a union for the right to work,” said Kauffman. “It’s really that simple. We are introducing a package of bills that will do away with the ability of an employer to make union membership and/or the collection of union dues a condition of employment. We are also proposing to give employees the ability to opt out of their union membership if they so wish. The environment of forced unionism needs to end. This legislative package will still allow for the continuation of unions consisting of employees who voluntarily want to take part.”

Legislation comprising the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative is as follows:
  • House Bill 50 the Freedom of Employment Act, would make employment no longer conditional upon union membership or paying dues to a union.
  • House Bill 51 would prohibit labor unions from collecting compulsory union dues from non-union public school employees.
  • 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.

“The business climate, and that of the workforce, is changing and we need to stay competitive,” said Kauffman. “It’s well past time Pennsylvania joined the growing list of right-to-work states.”

Kauffman said, currently, there are 24 right-to-work states.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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