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Court Upholds Wolf Order Organizing Home Health Care Workers

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HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court says Gov. Tom Wolf did not exceed his authority in setting up a process to give some union rights to home-based workers who care for elderly and disabled people. A divided Supreme Court ruled that Wolf’s 2015 executive order formalizes a voluntary system to obtain information and discuss issues and doesn’t impinge on the Legislature’s prerogative. The court wants a lower court to examine whether the administration violated privacy rights by giving unions the names and contact information for the 20,000 direct care workers. Wolf calls the decision a step toward improving home-based health care. A lawyer for the people and groups who sued says they’re concerned their employment relationship will be affected by negotiations that they had believed were not legally permitted.

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