FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Stefano at infoPA@afphq.org
It’s Time to Guarantee the Right to Work in Pennsylvania
AFP-PA holds press conference on right-to-work legislation
Harrisburg, PA — Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (“AFP-PA”) proudly stands with Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative guaranteeing the right to work in our state.
WHAT: Open Workforce Initiative Press Conference
WHEN: Today, 11am
WHERE: Media Center, Pennsylvania Capitol
Twenty-four states have now passed right-to-work laws guaranteeing workers the right to join or not to join a union. Their decision not to join cannot be used as a precondition in order to get the job. Pennsylvania is one of four states in the country with a Republican governor and legislature that has not passed this vital piece of legislation. In fact, it has not even been brought to the floor for a vote. Right-to-work states weathered the recession the best and have seen the most job growth and the most growth in wages. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, right-to-work states over the last decade saw personal incomes grow over 19 percent versus 10.7 percent in non-right-to-work states. The population in right-to-work states has grown 9.2 percent faster than union shop states over the same time period. Real gross domestic product has grown 7.7 percent faster. Perhaps most revealing, right-to-work states created 997,800 new private sector jobs in the past decade, while union shop states lost 2,294,000.
Americans for Prosperity – Pennsylvania State Director Jennifer Stefano said, “It’s time for right-to-work in Pennsylvania. If Michigan, the home to the United Autoworkers Union, can pass right-to-work legislation, it can pass here.” Stefano added, “The people of Pennsylvania, by a large majority, support this vital change that will bring opportunity and job growth to our state. To borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton, the era of union control over our state legislature and economy is over. Let’s restore freedom to our citizens and unshackle our economy by guaranteeing the right to work to all.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Stefano at infoPA@afphq.org.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org