Government Reform Tag

14 Oct Paycheck Protection: It Is All About Politics

“This is about politics, pure and simple.” That is what Wythe Keever, the eminently capable spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Educators Association said to Capitolwire yesterday about pending Senate action on Senate Bill 501 which provides for “Mary’s Law,” or “paycheck protection,” as many call it. Mr. Keever is absolutely correct. Senate Bill 501 is all about politics. It’s about the free speech rights and political views of each and every one of their members. Every...

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07 Sep Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Baseball and Public Sector Union Contract Transparency

Hot dogs, hamburgers, baseball, watermelon, weekend getaways, and fireworks. That is how most Americans know Labor Day. At one point, the holiday was meaningful to even more Americans. About 50 years ago, 34.8% of all US wage and salary workers belonged to unions. Recent numbers indicate that this figure is now around 11.3%. Since 1983, private sector union membership has declined from 16.8% to 6.7%. During this same time though, public sector employee unionization has...

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