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Paycheck legislation protested

January 28. 2014 11:17PM

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Sheet Metal Workers of Northeastern Pennsylvania Local 44 business agent Don Dunne and union business manager Warren Faust, center, look down into the rotunda of the Capital Building in Harrisburg, where speakers addressed more that 1,300 union members from all across the state on Tuesday. The event was scheduled to protest what opponents consider ‘Right to Work’ legislation — House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034. Proponents say it would require unions representing government workers to collect dues, fees and contributions directly from members instead of automatically deducting them from members’ paychecks. They say it would not affect private sector unions or unions representing faith communities, police officers or firefighters. Opponents say it would ‘silence the voices of middle-class workers’ and ‘tilt the balance of power further toward corporations and wealthy special interests’ as well as weaken unions.

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