labor-issues

Backed by high-powered law firm, Pa. state worker files class action suit to demand union dues refund

BY: - August 13, 2019

The Pennsylvania suit seeks back agency fees, or monthly payments, that all employees in a workplace were required to pay to the shop’s union, even if the individual was not a union member. These fees are typically less than full dues. 

Pa. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick votes with House Dems to protect union pensions

BY: - July 25, 2019

Like much of the legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the GOP-led U.S. Senate.

COMMENTARY

A year after ‘Janus,’ the Pa. labor movement is as strong as ever | Opinion

BY: - July 3, 2019

Workers, organizers, and members are flexing their power through a reinvigorated movement winning in traditional and non-traditional ways. One year out from the decision, Pennsylvania workers represent the best in the fight for economic justice.

Despite immigration concerns, bill that expands use of federal work status checks passes House

BY: - June 17, 2019

By a 140-plus vote margin, the House on Monday passed a bill to expand federal immigration work status checks to the state's construction industry. 

Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry

BY: - June 13, 2019

That divide is also manifesting itself in the General Assembly.

As budget season approaches, Democrats keep pushing for minimum wage hike

BY: - May 24, 2019

With a line of caffeine craving-customers looking on, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took a moment to chat with the coffee connoisseur across the counter. At Elementary Coffee in Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, Kim was meeting with stall owner Andrea Grove, to try to prove that raising the minimum wage isn’t the job-killer that pro-business […]

Pennsylvania’s public workers don’t have workplace safety protections. This bill would change that

BY: - April 29, 2019

For 577,000 Pennsylvanians, no state agency oversees their workplace safety. Legislation that's being pushed by organized labor and its allies would change that.

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Union-driven campaigns have helped Pa. Democrats flip red seats. Could it notch them one more victory?

BY: - April 29, 2019

Union-backed Democrat Sam Doctor is taking on Republican Marci Mustello in the May 21 special election.

Union opposition to post-Janus proposal divides Republican caucus in Pa. House

BY: - April 19, 2019

A bill that targets state unions and should be an easy sell to GOP lawmakers in the House has instead been stopped by a debate over how much to push a powerful interest group that has dug in its heels.

COMMENTARY

Amateurs? College athletes make money for everyone but themselves | Opinion

BY: - April 9, 2019

As March Madness winds up, a sports scholar examines new information that shows how college athletes make money for their schools, coaches and corporations – but not themselves.

Rules limiting nursing workload brought back to Harrisburg

BY: - March 22, 2019

Denelle Weller is a 14-year veteran nurse. She knows all about what happens when she and her colleagues are overtired and overworked: She once had to stop a fellow nurse from administering medicine to her daughter incorrectly, which could have led to kidney damage. She directly attributes the mistake to the heavy workload. “I’ve personally […]

Republicans on Pa. House committee advance bill to make sure new public hires know post-Janus rules

BY: - March 18, 2019

Pa. House Republicans are trying to enshrine some provisions of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in state law.