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PA Legislators Introduce Workforce Freedom Act

There's a new battle heating up in Pennsylvania between labor and business.


There's a new battle heating up in Pennsylvania between labor and business, with the potential to be as controversial as last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said public-sector unions can't force non-members to pay for representation in a union shop.

Thursday, state Senators Lindsey Williams and Jay Costa, D-Allegheny County, and Vincent Hughes D-Philadelphia, introduced The Workplace Freedom Act in a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse. The bill would allow public sector workers, like nurses and police officers, to form a union if a simple majority express support. Companies would also be required to allow union representatives to have access to new employees so they can explain the benefits of union membership.

(Image credit: Senator Lindsey Williams' Facebook page )

"When people say to me, 'I'm not anti union, it's just those public sector ones.' I'm here to say no: an injury to one is an injury to all," Senator Williams said to those who oppose organizing among public sector workers.

"Working families need elected leaders to stand up to attacks on union rights." PA Sen. Jay Costa, bill co-sponsor

While some may view the Workplace Freedom Act as way to cut the red tape and assist workers, business leaders argue it's nothing but legislation to force workers into unions.

Here are some ways to make your voice heard on this or any other issue. Click here to visit the PA Chamber of Commerce. You can also contact your state legislator online by clicking here .

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