PHILADELPHIA — Last night, at a Warminster meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter of Americans for Prosperity, union members tried to shout down and intimidate speakers and guests. Activists were meeting to discuss legislation that would remove the Pennsylvania government as a middleman when it comes to collecting union dues and moneys used for political action.
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AFP-PA State Director Jennifer Stefano released the following statement:
“We’re not going to be intimidated by this kind of behavior– we’ve seen it before in Michigan, Wisconsin and right here in Pennsylvania. Although our meeting was private, we believe in freedom at AFP and we let the union members have their say. Sadly and typically, they refused to leave it at that.
“Our activists are tired of it, and so is the public. The fact of the matter is, unions are the only ones who get the government’s help to collect their dues. AFP doesn’t get that help, the Sierra Club doesn’t, the NRA doesn’t– nobody does.
“Until the General Assembly puts an end to the government collection of union dues and political action money, the working families and taxpayers of this Commonwealth are losing out. AFP has been at the tip of the spear when it comes to getting this issue on the agenda, and it’s clear union chapters in Pennsylvania are beginning to feel the heat. What we’re asking for is reasonable: an end to their special privilege and status under the law. It doesn’t effect union membership or the laws that require workers to join a particular union. There’s no need for this type of abuse and thuggery towards activists just trying to have a say. Let me make this clear one more time: shouting us down and trying to intimidate us will not work. “
AFP-Pennsylvania continues to push the legislature for a vote this session on reforming dues collection.