Over the last two weeks, labor activists across the Commonwealth have made calls, sent emails and visited their state representatives as right-wing legislators and lobbyists moved to pass Senate Bill 166, paycheck “protection”. But our grassroots efforts paid off.
On the first evening of Hanukkah, PA State Representatives took a vote on the piece of anti-worker legislation, and SB 166 FAILED 90-102.
To those of you who took the time to speak out on this issue, THANK YOU. Your voice was heard in Harrisburg.
Paycheck “protection” legislation is a violation of the first amendment rights of firefighters, teachers, police officers, and public service workers. Bills like Senate Bill 166 attack union members for their voluntary political and educational contributions. It is an act of political hypocrisy.
Our efforts to stop this piece of legislation have demonstrated the strength and power of solidarity across Pennsylvania’s labor movement. Union members in the building and construction trades, manufacturing and the private sector made phone calls and wrote to their legislators alongside their public sector brothers and sisters. We proved, through our solidarity, that we are stronger than the monied interests who seek to tear us apart.
Take a look at how your state representative voted on Senate Bill 166. If they voted no, give them a call and thank them. If they voted yes, give them a call and tell them that you and your union, will remember their vote on election day.