The policy for automatic dues deductions have been negotiated by unions and public officials jointly in the past.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, Casey asked that automatic deductions that benefit teachers, bus drivers, road maintenance crews and other public servants be respected.
“This legislation is an attempt to unfairly target the rights of hard-working Pennsylvanians and silence their voices as they fight for better wages and benefits to help their families,” said Senator Casey. “The issue of paycheck deductions has been discussed and solved in the past, and I’m calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to drop this unnecessary measure.”
The text of Senator Casey’s letter is below:
The Honorable Dominic Pileggi
Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, Pem1sylvania 17120-3009
The Honorable Mike Turzai
110 Main Capitol
PO Box 202028
Harrisburg, Pem1sylvania 17120-2028
Dear Senator Pileggi and Representative Turzai,
I am writing to you regarding Senate Bill 1034 and House Bill 1507. It is my understanding that these bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House respectively and are awaiting further consideration.
I have heard from my constituents and I wish to express my concern that these bills may unfairly target public employees and could ultimately undermine the right of these employees to bargain collectively.
It is my understanding that these bills would end the right of certain public employee unions to bargain for automatic dues deductions from their paychecks.
This is a right that has been shared by the likes of teachers, bus drivers, road maintenance crews, and many other public servants for decades. Automatic dues deductions is a policy that unions and public officials have negotiated jointly in the past.
I am not aware of any particular reason why that bargaining right should be taken away now or why this type of deduction would be singled out.
As the majority leaders in both the House and Senate, I respectfully ask you to not move forward with taking up these bills.
I appreciate your attention to this important matter.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator
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