Op-ed: Pa. will prosper with pro-labor right-to-work reforms

By Jerry Shenk, The Patriot News

Unions have poured millions of dues-payers’ dollars into the campaigns of Pennsylvania politicians who pass and preserve laws favoring unions, and who approve pay and benefits – especially pensions – for public service employee union members which have impoverished municipalities, school districts, counties and the Commonwealth. And politicians in both major parties receive union money.

Democratic icon and labor ally, Franklin Roosevelt, described public-sector unions as “unthinkable and intolerable.”

“The process of collective bargaining as usually understood cannot be transplanted to public service,” Roosevelt said. “A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct or prevent the operations of government until their demands are satisfied.”

Some states are dealing with their labor issues.


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