The Fairness Center testified twice last year on behalf of several Fairness Center clients concerning Pennsylvania’s response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. The measures considered at the time died with the end of the 2017-18 legislative session.
But on March 18, 2019, Pennsylvania Representative Kate Klunk introduced a bill similar to what she introduced last legislative session. The bill would first require public employers covered by the Public Employe Relations Act to notify union nonmembers, new hires, and returning employees of their right not to make any payments to the union serving as their exclusive representative. The bill would also repeal existing law allowing for agency (or “fair share”) fees inconsistent with the Janus decision.