House Committee Protects Religious Objectors To Unionism

HARRISBURG – Can a government union indefinitely prevent teachers from donating their own money to the charities they choose? That question is central to a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Fairness Center on behalf of two Pennsylvania public schoolteachers who object to unionism on religious grounds. Today, House Bill 267, sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence of Lancaster & Chester Counties, designed to close a legal loophole allowing government unions to violate religious objectors’ due process rights has advanced out of the House State Government Committee. Jane Ladley, a retired Chester County teacher who, along with Lancaster County teacher Chris Meier, is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Ladley said, “Union leaders shouldn’t have a say over what charities I support with my own money. This bill ensures that other public school teachers won’t face the same discrimination I have faced and are protected from union intimidation.” David Osborne, President and General Counsel for the Fairness Center, said the bill would prevent government unions from taking advantage of teachers. The legislation would provide a solution to the PSEA’s overbearing demand to pick and choose which charities teachers can support. Current law provides no mechanism to resolve a dispute with the union.

REP. JOHN LAWRENCE
REP. JOHN LAWRENCE

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