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Is Pennsylvania next right-to-work battleground state?

January 29, 2013

There was Wisconsin. Then there was Michigan. Could Pennsylvania be the next right-to-work battleground state? Speaking to 84th District constituents at a town hall meeting last week, state Rep....

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johnnyad3

Jan-31-13 2:27 PM

The S-G editorial staff sure doesn't know what they are talking about here. Again, RTW states are poor. Mike Kerstetter wrote the other day how Mississippi, a RTW state has the lowest median income in the states.

Since wages are low, tax revenues are low and those states tend not to invest in education. Check out Oklahoma-business leaders there are scrambling because they don't have the science and math talents to attract businesses.

Basically, what you end up with is an unskilled, poor, and undereducated workforce. What business would want to move to an RTW state?

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Billtown101

Jan-30-13 6:03 PM

IMHO, I certainly HOPE the fine folks of Pennsylvania READ 'all' the fine print of what it means to live in a "Right to Work" state. If it's just the glitz-n-glammer of union busting, then read a bit more. Having lived and worked in a few 'Right to Work' states, south of the Mason-Dixon for what seemed like a freekin eternity, you'll find yourselves with a rude awakening if you take 'Right-to-Work' at face value. It's much more than Just a union buster. It should be called the 'Right to Fire'.

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Zippie

Jan-30-13 8:42 AM

Don't the "Republican Citizens" reap the same benifits as the "Democrat Citizens" with the current President.

Just saying ...

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wwhickok

Jan-30-13 7:18 AM

*that was supposed to say the people NOT in the union.

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wwhickok

Jan-30-13 7:17 AM

clw, is that really how you think it'll turn out? I don't.

While I see and do not necessarily disagree, with your point, at the same time, the people (at least some of them) choosing not to join the unions will scream discrimination or whatever you want to call it, it'll go to court and in the end, the unions will likely (but not guaranteed) lose. Denying someone the ability to 'advance' or the opportunity at the same position/wage based on a decision not to 'pay for it' will ultimately be considered a form of discrimination. That's just what I believe will happen. In the end the people in the union, will get the same benefits.

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clw1162

Jan-29-13 10:13 PM

I say if they pass the right to work,if you choose not to join the union then you don't get the same pay rate or any of the benifits that the union fought for.Then maybe people will see what the unions have done for the working middle class,and union busting will end.

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mswagner

Jan-29-13 9:47 AM

If Right to Work is a campaign to destroy unions it is failing miserably since there are several states in which Right to Work has passed and it still has more union members than neighboring Non Right to Work states. In fact, Right to Work is about two things....personal freedom and economic prosperity!

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wwhickok

Jan-29-13 8:39 AM

I understand that Republicans are pushing this and I understand it's because they feel it gives them a political advantage, however, I still, as a democrat, believe we should be a Right to Work State.

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jeanjae

Jan-29-13 7:55 AM

Right-to-work is a campaign to destroy the unions because they tend to support democrats. Look at who supports this legislation.

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wwhickok

Jan-29-13 7:41 AM

I'm absolutely in favor of PA being a Right To Work state. I'd vote for it in a heart beat. I do believe that workers should have the Right to choose between being a member of a union or not. Should they be given the benefits of a union if they choose not? Well, no I don't think so because every positive choice still has it's cons and vice versa. You just have to choose what you believe is best for you individually. But joining a union isn't always the best choice.

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