In the editorial “Another union racket: End it with Pa. House Bill 1507” , the Trib claims to know “the truth” about House Bill 1507, yet the only “source” it cites is the Commonwealth Foundation — the furthest from reliable.
The real truth: No worker can be forced to join a union. Union members can opt out of having dues used for political activity and collectively vote on how their dues money is spent.
If the Trib knew how payroll deductions worked, it would know the cost is relatively nonexistent. How much money would this legislation save taxpayers? The Trib's source, Commonwealth Foundation CEO Matthew Brouillette, never has an answer.
Automatic paycheck deductions are convenient for both union and nonunion employees. They're used for United Way, the state credit union, private banks and health care. If HB 1507 is not an attack on unions, why aren't Brouillette and his secret billionaire donors backing legislation that eliminates all other automatic deductions?
“Paycheck protection” laws have been ruled unconstitutional by state Supreme Courts across the country. And politicians have admitted these laws are the first step in limiting union representation.
I can only hope the Trib does a little more research before it prints its and the Commonwealth Foundation's version of the truth. Maybe next time, the Trib and the Commonwealth Foundation will understand the difference between protection and deception.
Wendell W. Young IV
The writer is president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, which includes 3,000 state store workers.