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February 4, 2014

Payroll bill Dear editor: With all of the problems we face in Pennsylvania, why are some legislators trying to make bills that would prohibit voluntary payroll deductions their top priority? It......

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Feb-15-14 1:40 PM

I love how people demonize the rich! WHO do you THINK is PAYING for everything??????

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Feb-04-14 2:38 PM

BrookP-- By forcing the withholding of union dues by the employer the leadership doesn't have to deal with employees that might balk at paying for political activity they are against.

If collection was returned to the union itself the leadership would have to be more responsive to the members concerns over how their dues were being spent.

Many members might feel(for example) the money would be better used to build up a fund to help them through a strike or layoff as opposed to playing politics which may or may not generate any return.

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Feb-04-14 1:44 PM

Colorado, while I think it's a different issue than the payroll withholding, I agree that unions should not be using dues for political activities, and that dues should just go towards wage and benefit negotiations. Members could definitely have different political positions despite having similar employment concerns. I would hope that unions would set up a PAC for politial activity, funded by separate donations from so inclined members. That only seems fair to the membership.

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Feb-04-14 1:37 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but I've never had a job that had a union. How are union dues collected in the non-public sector? Do other large employers collect union dues through payroll deductions and then forward them to the union, or are members billed and they pay directly? I would agree with the writer that the process is highly automated and probably costs very little to administer, but the question is should we do it. So, if we disallow this, should we demand that United Way, insurances, and credit union withholdings be disallowed, also, if the argument is based on overhead costs? I also agree that this is hardly the most important issue the legislature should be dealing with. I guess I don't know where I stand on this, but it seems like some consistent policy on all withholdings should be developed.

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Feb-04-14 9:58 AM

I heard that one with a little variation: I see said the blind man as he picked up the hammer and saw.

And thanks, oldgran.

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Feb-04-14 9:18 AM

I see said the blind man, now it is all clear. Thank you oldgran

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Feb-04-14 9:15 AM

This writer acts like there are no rich Democrats...ever heard of the Clintons, Kerrys, Bidens and Obamas? Not to mention Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and all of Hollywood.

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Feb-04-14 8:56 AM

@frugaltaxpayer....Because she is president of the teachers union in the Warren County School District.

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Feb-04-14 8:32 AM

Perhaps if the unions got out of politics and concentrated on negotiating wages and benefits and their other core responsibilities the issue would go away.

When you force a worker to pay dues and then use that money to promote politicians the worker may be against you can expect problems.

The union busting and big corporate money claims is just a smokescreen to deflect attention from their core problem which is playing politics with other peoples money against their wishes.

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Feb-04-14 5:42 AM

A very mis-informed person, trying to mislead the average person. And why would a Jamestown resident care about the Pennsylvania trying to stop the forced collection of union dues?

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