by Commonwealth Foundation
Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives
January 24, 2014
Pennsylvania’s government unions have become a political giant—dominating the legislative battlefield through special financial and political benefits that no other private organization enjoys. Act 84 of 1988 and Act 15 of 1993 granted labor unions the power to force even non-union workers to pay fees as a condition of employment, and government unions are legally permitted to use taxpayer resources to collect money used for political purposes. Taxpayer resources should not be used for any political purposes. Every citizen and every organization—including government unions—should have an equal opportunity to engage in policy debates through a level playing field for all, and favor for none. Ending the government unions’ special privilege of taxpayer-funded "automatic collection" of dues and political action committee (PAC) money is a matter of fairness.