Compulsory public unions threaten individual worker rights and cost taxpayers billions. Reforms to the Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act are needed to restore and protect workers’ rights. No one—including government employees—should be blocked from leaving a union. To increase government integrity and accountability, policies should be adopted that ensure all special interests groups, including government unions, interact with the state government on a level playing field.

Fairness

Protecting the Rights of Pennsylvania Public Employees

  • October 3, 2020

Key Points Pennsylvania state law grants unions exclusive bargaining rights in government workplaces, makes it difficult for workers to leave their union, and allows taxpayer collection of union political money.Through…

Backgrounder

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Education

Ways to Ease Substitute Teacher Shortages?

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • September 4, 2020

Now more than ever, we need flexible policies to ensure schools have enough substitute teachers. We trust school leaders to keep kids safe and manage large budgets. Shouldn’t we trust them to…

Commentary

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Public Union Democracy

Biden Would Subject Entire Economy to Unions’ Demands

  • Kevin Mooney
  • August 28, 2020

If Joe Biden is elected president, he would move to eliminate right-to-work laws now operative in 27 states. The current Democratic nominee for president, would also turn the Naitonal Labor…

Commentary

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Public Union Democracy

Liquor Store Clerk Scores a Win for Free Speech

  • Kevin Mooney
  • May 8, 2020

Liquor store clerk John Kabler sued for the right to leave his union. In April, the union agreed to refund his dues and honor his resignation. …

Commentary

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Education

Government Unions Threaten to Eclipse School Choice

  • Kevin Mooney
  • February 25, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf and other elected officials are pulling in millions of dollars from government unions that oppose school choice and exert considerable influence at the expense of education reform. …

Commentary

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Public Union Democracy

Union Dues Fuel Political Activism, Records Show

  • Kevin Mooney
  • February 18, 2020

Considering government unions draw heavily from their dues to fund political activism, public school teachers who prefer not to fund this political activism of their state and national unions should…

Commentary

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Criminal Justice Reform

CF’s 2020 Vision

  • January 1, 2020

The Commonwealth Foundation’s mission sounds pretty simple: transform free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish. Accomplishing that mission—with a divided government, powerful special interests, and a diverse…

Media

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Education

Pension Pacman Must Be Stopped

  • Andrew Abramczyk
  • December 31, 2019

Next fiscal year Pennsylvania school districts will pay $4.9 billion into PSERS, the state teachers’ pension fund.1 Less than one quarter of that amount will fund new benefits earned by…

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Education

Parents Protest Politicians’ Education Hypocrisy

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 9, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest in a long line of politicians to take advantage of school choice for their own kids—Sen. Warren sent her son to private schools…

Media

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Education

Former PSEA Director Says Union Flip-Flopped on Charters

  • Marc LeBlond
  • October 29, 2019

“When I was at PSEA we embraced charter schools.” Those are surprising words from former PSEA Executive Director Carolyn Dumaresq. And they carry even more weight, given she was…

Media

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Education

Union Donations to Gov. Wolf Drown Out School Choice

  • Kevin Mooney
  • October 23, 2019

Charter schools remain in the crosshairs of the teachers’ unions and their government allies.  That much is made evident in the proposals, resolutions and other public statements the National Education…

Media

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Government Accountability

The Cost of Secretly-Negotiated Government Union Contracts

  • October 14, 2019

Are Pennsylvanians a bottomless pit of cash? Government union leaders and Governor Wolf seem to think so. The two “re-negotiate” new labor contracts behind closed doors, and each time…

Media

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Education

How to Fix the Teacher Shortage in Pa.

  • October 10, 2019

This year Gov. Wolf proposed raising the minimum salary of teachers to attract and mintain the best talent. There's a better way to attract the best…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Union Contracts Bow to Worker Pressure

  • Kevin Mooney
  • October 8, 2019

Public employee unions, which spend dues and fees on political activity that frequently conflict with the views of their rank-and-file members, are finally showing signs of yielding to legislative and…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Unconstitutional Union Fees that Won’t Go Away?

  • October 7, 2019

The 2018 Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME decision was a fantastic victory for American workers, striking down the ability of public-sector unions to charge nonunion public-sector employees “fair share”…

Media

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Public Union Democracy

Why Can’t Workers Leave Their Unions?

  • Jessica Barnett
  • September 11, 2019

We recently released a 50-state report analyzing labor issue trends and grading states by their labor laws. So where does Pennsylvania fall in this ranking? A disappointing D.

Media

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