On June 4, my husband and I had the privilege of attending a paycheck protection rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
The legislation, if passed, will stop the government practice of using taxpayer resources to collect union dues, to be used by union bosses for campaigns and other political purposes. Under paycheck protection, public sector union bosses would be required to collect their own dues rather than requiring employers to make payroll deductions.
In addition to syndicated columnist and author Michelle Malkin, the rally featured state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe who said it is wrong to use taxpayer resources to collect union money.
In the May 20 Republican primary, the unions spent big money through contributions to the campaign of Metcalfe’s opponent, Gordon Marburger, and the union front group Working America sent paid workers going door-to-door through the 12th District for weeks before the election. After taking the hits from these union efforts, it was great to see Metcalfe continuing to take a bold stand for state issues such as paycheck protection.
Just like the firestorm of emotionally charged protests over the union reforms enacted by Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, we have seen a similar firestorm in Butler County. The ongoing stream of negative letters to the editor lamenting the loss of the union-backed candidate for weeks after the primary is very telling.
Reigning in public sector unions is the first step in regenerating fiscal responsibility. We need state representatives like Metcalfe to continue to address these state issues and take the bold stands.
Gov. Walker took the hits from the public sector unions, and look at how Wisconsin is prospering now. Thanks to those bold enough to take the hits and continue to take a bold stand for state issues, Pennsylvania will be next.