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.

Public Union Democracy

Worker Empowerment Begins with Choice

  • Jessica Barnett
  • September 5, 2018

As Pennsylvanians return to work following Labor Day celebrations, it’s an appropriate time to ask: what does a fair, employee-focused workplace look like? It shouldn’t involve blocking workers’ ability to…

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Public Union Democracy

Four Teachers Finally Gain Control Over their Paycheck

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • September 4, 2018

Jane Ladley retired from teaching three years ago, but until two weeks ago the teachers union held part of her pay in escrow. Jane was a religious objector to…

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Public Union Democracy

Pa. Supreme Court Allows Stealth Unionization of Home Care Workers

  • Jessica Barnett
  • August 22, 2018

In 2015, Dave Smith and Don Lambrecht were catapulted to the center-stage of Pennsylvania policy, a role neither man ever wanted by fighting a threat to their way of life. Permanently…

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Public Union Democracy

Advancing Workplace Freedom For Public Employees

  • Jessica Barnett
  • August 16, 2018

Efforts to enhance public sector workplace democracy has gained momentum in the Pennsylvania legislature. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court restored workers’ freedom to stop paying fees to unions they…

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Public Union Democracy

Union Resignation Guide

  • Jessica Barnett
  • August 13, 2018

Are you dissatisfied with your union representation? If so, you have the power to resign your membership without paying an agency fee. Here are pointers to guide you through the process.

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Public Union Democracy

Restoring Public Sector Workers’ Resignation Rights

  • Jessica Barnett
  • August 9, 2018

Many public sector employees remain unaware of their new-found rights to not pay fair share fees, while also facing onerous resignation restrictions. Luckily, lawmakers are working to promote workers' Janus…

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Public Union Democracy

Restoring Worker Voting Rights

  • August 1, 2018

Most Pa. public sector employees have never voted for their union. They deserve to gain the right to regularly vote for their workplace representation.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Spending Trends & Policy Developments Under Gov. Wolf

  • Nathan Benefield
  • July 31, 2018

In the last four years Pennsylvania has experienced rapid state spending growth. On the plus side, constant tax hike proposals have been largely rejected and policies like pension reform, school…

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Public Union Democracy

Resigning from a Government Union is No Easy Task

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • July 31, 2018

Want to join a union? Easy, just sign on the dotted line. Want to leave a union? Sharpen your research skills, because it's no easy task. This fact was made…

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Public Union Democracy

Government Workers’ Rights Restored

  • Charles Mitchell
  • July 18, 2018

In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court righted a decades-old wrong, striking down a coercive system and clearing a pathway for 330,000 Pennsylvania government workers to regain their long-denied First…

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Public Union Democracy

More States Reject Prevailing Wage Mandates

  • July 16, 2018

Last month, Michigan took a step forward and joined 24 other states that have no prevailing wage law. Could Pennsylvania be the next? For far too long, Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage…

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Education

Statement on 2018 AFT Convention

  • July 15, 2018

Commonwealth Foundation VP and COO Nathan Benefield issued the following statement regarding the American Federation of Teachers convention taking place in Pittsburgh this weekend. The convention’s keynote speakers on Friday,…

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Public Union Democracy

Protect the Right to a Union Secret Ballot Election

  • Jessica Barnett
  • July 13, 2018

In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court stopped the unjust arrangement of forcing public sector workers to fund the political stances of a union they didn’t join. Instead of embracing…

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Government Accountability

Should Taxpayers Underwrite Union Work?

  • July 11, 2018

Separating taxpayer resources from private or political purposes is a principle ingrained in our society. It's one of the many reasons Pennsylvania politicians have spent a significant amount of time…

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Education

What does Janus mean for school choice?

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • July 1, 2018

On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. The 5-4 decision found that forcing public sector workers to pay union fees—or lose their jobs—violates their…

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Public Union Democracy

Janus v. AFSCME: SCOTUS Upholds Workers’ Rights

  • Jessica Barnett
  • June 27, 2018

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld workers’ rights. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that forcing public sector workers to pay union fees—or lose their…

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Public Union Democracy

SCOTUS Champions Worker Freedom in Historic Decision

  • June 27, 2018

June 27, 2018, Harrisburg, Pa. — For decades, government workers in Pennsylvania and other forced-union states have faced an unjust workplace ultimatum: Pay a union, or lose your job. But with today’s…

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Education

Troubling Features of Pa. Teacher Contracts

  • Jessica Barnett
  • June 14, 2018

Union-negotiated collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) dictate the compensation packages and workplace conditions of over 100,000 teachers in Pennsylvania's 500 school districts—regardless of their union membership. As the “exclusive representative” of all teachers…

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