Attack on labor
In Harrisburg, legislation has been proposed to prevent the automatic withholding of union dues from public employees' paychecks. Sponsors of House Bill 1507 refer to this legislation as a “paycheck protection” plan.
This legislation serves only to undermine the timely, efficient payment of monies that are rightfully due to unions. Automatic withholding is routinely used by employers to collect money owed for charitable contributions, for insurance premiums, for child support and for taxes.
By providing an orderly system of payment, automatic withholding benefits those who provide services while protecting providers against deadbeat recipients — people who are willing to receive the services but aren't willing to pay the price for the services they receive.
By preventing automatic withholding of union dues, HB 1507 would seriously hinder the orderly collection of these dues while protecting deadbeat union employees — people who are willing to enjoy the benefits of working in a union shop but aren't willing to pay the price for these benefits.
Union membership is truly a bargain — and everyone benefits. People who belong to a union, people who would like to belong to a union and, yes, even people who don't belong to a union benefit from a strong, viable system of labor — and labor protections.
HB 1507 is a direct attack on the funding — and viability — of Pennsylvania's well-established system of labor. A more accurate label for HB 1507 would be “The Deadbeat Protection Plan.”
The writer is a Service Employees International Union Local 688 member and former shop steward who serves on two statewide union committees.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.