Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House Labor & Industry hold hearing for PA overtime threshold and minimum wage

House Labor & Industry hold hearing for PA overtime threshold and minimum wage

Wednesday morning members of the House Labor and Industry Committee held a public hearing on Governor Tom Wolf's proposed change for the overtime threshold and minimum wage requirements.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

Gov. Tom Wolf claimed victory Tuesday in a three-year-old battle as the state Supreme Court upheld a 2015 executive order designed to represent in-home care workers in executive branch decision making.

The order, issued in his first month in office, set up an advisory committee for the fast growing industry, now about 20,000 strong in Pennsylvania, that often provides low wages and has high turnover for health care workers aiding seniors or people with disabilities. 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

With the Janus ruling in the legislature’s rear-view window, a host of bills aimed at public sector unions have begun to float up from the General Assembly.

None have been formally introduced yet, but continue to circulate as co-sponsor memos. Some of the proposals, though, are already getting under the skin of the state’s labor leaders.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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