When the State General Assembly returns to session on Monday, January 13, a "Right-To-Work" bill, similar to one that Koch and ALEC-backed governors and legislators in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana passed may be on the agenda. House Bill 1507 would make automatic dues deduction illegal for public employees. Further updates from the State AFL-CIO will follow.
Along with "Right-To-Work", privatization of the State's Liquor Stores may also be back on the agenda, according to WITF. There may be support in both the Senate and House, now that the transportation funding issue has been resolved.
On January 6, the WITF program Smart Talk featured Rick Bloomingdale, President of the State AFL-CIO , in a discussion on raising the minimum wage. Gene Barr, President of the State Chamber of Business and Industry also participated.
On January 10, Frank Snyder, State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, brought donations from union members and their allies to locked-out utility workers in Altoona, PA. The members of the UWUA and have been locked out of the Penelec facility since before Thanksgiving. More details can be found here.
Another opportunity for solidarity can be found with United Steel Workers employees in Canada, who are on strike against Crown Holdings.