POLITICAL MISSION STATEMENT IS,
to secure and maintain Legislation that benefits our members and their
families. We support Elected officials that understand the environment
of the construction industry and the necessity for safety and an educated
workforce in today’s competitive construction market place regardless of
political party affiliation. We strive through political action and a multiple
layered grassroots effort to inform and enlighten politicians on a local,
statewide and federal level about benefits of utilizing contractors and
a workforce that provides and insures the general population of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey and Delaware a quality and lasting end product while stimulating
the local economy and creating career opportunities.
STATE REP NOW TELL THEM TO OPPOSE HB 1507 IT HAS AN IMPACT ON ALL OUR LOCALS
THAT HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGANNING AGREEMENTS AND MEMBERS THAT
WORK FOR LOCAL AND STATE PUBLIC BODIES AND DIRECT HIRE EMPLOYEES
FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
SAID HE WILL SIGN THE BILL IF IT PASSES!
bill voted out of committee; futureconsideration uncertain.
(June 23) — Paycheck protection could move to the House floor this week
amidst dragging budget negotiations frayed by Gov. Tom Corbett's pension
bill will get on to the full chamber’s agenda before lawmakers recess for
the summer remains unclear. The House State Government Committee called
a last-minute off-the-floor meeting Monday to vet House
Bill 1507 — which would ban unions from using automatic paycheck deductions
to collect dues — and a proposed amendment that would clarify definitions
within the legislation and allow payroll deductions for fair share contributions.
Democratic committee members failed twice to table both votes and sparred
with their GOP counterparts over the legitimacy of the bill and the “inappropriate”
way in which Monday's meeting was organized. “Let's tell the truth and
call this legislation what it is,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia,
just before voting against the bill. “This is not about protecting taxpayer's
money … it is clearly about union busting.” Committee Democrats piled on
top of Harris's comment, each attacking the bill for “singling out” unions
and ignoring other payroll-deducted contributions, such as for insurance
companies, who they say also use the money for lobbying. Committee Republicans
rebuffed the fervor with a “common sense, right-versus-wrong” mantra. “I
think this a very simple matter,” said Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford. “It's
an easy vote. I don't understand what all the controversy is about. It's
always wrong to use local property tax money to pay school district employees
to collect political campaign money. The unions are the only ones allowed
to do it. It's always wrong. We have former legislators that went to prison
because they were using tax money for campaign purposes. Political campaign
money and taxpayer money are two totally unrelated pots of money.” The
amendment passed on a vote of 14-9 and the bill passed on a vote of 14-10.
Steve Miskin, spokesman for House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny,
said Monday the bill had been sent to the House Rules Committee, but offered
no further insight into its future.