Meadville Tribune

State News

May 13, 2013

Lawmakers target payments to unions in proposed legislation


HARRISBURG — Finnerty reports from Harrisburg for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Meadville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @cnhipa.

Did you know?

The Pennsylvania State Education Association was ranked the fourth most powerful teachers union in the country.

-93.4 percent of teachers in Pennsylvania are members of the union.

-Pennsylvania is one of 34 states that require collective bargaining.

-Pennsylvania is one of 25 states that permit automatic collection of fees, regardless of whether the teacher belongs to the union or not.

-The Pennsylvania teachers union is also comparatively aggressive when it comes to politics — giving more in campaign donations than all but nine other teachers unions.

Source: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative educational policy think tank.

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