Local 614 is a utility local representing members employed by Exelon/PECO Energy and Veolia Energy.
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P.O. Box 32 Woodlyn, PA 19094 – Office: 610-876-4912 – Fax: 610-876-4913
Brothers and Sisters,
LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
We want to remind everyone that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that no modern, technological medical miracle can ever fully restore us to that condition whereupon we first entered the world. Please let LIFE and SAFETY be your first and lasting choice throughout this busy day. For without Life; Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are mere vapors in the wind…
Your collective action so far in 2014 has played a huge role in keeping HB1507 from getting a vote on the House floor. This so called “paycheck protection” bill, as you know by now, is nothing but a power grab by out-of-state billionaires who want to bankrupt unions so they can pass a whole buffet of anti-worker legislation without opposition. Legislators in Harrisburg have gotten the message loud and clear that these bills are toxic, but that doesn’t mean the threat is over.
Last month, your quick action helped head off a scheme to advance this dangerous legislation at the local level, by introducing a resolution in support of HB 1507 at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania annual meeting. The resolution was withdrawn following a strong outcry to your local elected officials.
But their bag of tricks is not empty yet. Amendments have been introduced to various bills that would simply add this attack on collective bargaining to existing legislation. Some lawmakers may think that they can sneak these union-busting attacks onto Corbett’s desk by hiding them inside other bills, but together we can shed a light on what they are attempting.
Your collective action so far in 2014 has played a huge role in keeping HB1507 from getting a vote on the House floor. This so called “paycheck protection” bill, as you know by now, is nothing but a power grab by out-of-state billionaires who want to bankrupt unions so they can pass a whole buffet of anti-worker legislation without opposition. Read More
Unbelievably, the other side is trying to attach these attacks to bills that provide funding for special education or safe schools, or relief for distressed municipalities.
Tell them that you see through these games, and that you want them to oppose ANY amendments that will take away your collective bargaining rights; and to oppose ANY bill that includes these types of amendments.
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LU 614 State Legislative Update:
Just a sampling of the Tuesday, January 28th turnout at the Harrisburg AFL-CIO News Conference / Rally opposing HB 1507 and SB 1034 the so called “paycheck protection legislation” that is being pushed by “the Commonwealth Foundation,” ALAC, and every other enemy of the working man whether organized or not. Proud to be Union!
House Bill 1507 is what ALEC and the Koch brothers call a “Paycheck Protection” bill. They have already been targeting direct mail into the state to spread lies in support of this bill, claiming that taxpayers are paying for union dues collection for public employees, and that teachers and state workers are forced to contribute to political and legislative activism.
The facts are clear, even though you won’t hear them in the commercials that the Koch brothers are financing. Automatic payroll deduction of dues is not mandated by any law, rather it is bargained for during contract negotiations. This deduction does not cost taxpayers money. Unions already agreed to reimburse the state for costs associated with deductions of PAC funds, but according to the State of Pennsylvania, there is no measurable cost to be reimbursed.
While the reasons that the other side gives for pushing this legislation are dishonest, their true goal is obvious. It’s simple. This legislation would force unions to spend resources to collect union dues, and make it nearly impossible to collect the fair share fees that non-members must pay to cover their union representation. At the end of the day that means unions will be weakened, and have less ability to advocate for employees in the workplace and in the legislature. This would open the flood gates for a wide range of anti-worker legislation that would be sure to follow.
There is no doubt that the passage of HB 1507 would mean that Pennsylvania would become the next right to work state. Don’t be silent on this issue. We expect this bill to move very quickly, with significant resources flooding into Pennsylvania to back this latest attack on the middle class.
April 8, 2014
ALTOONA — After 20 weeks out of work, local Penelec employees that have been kept from their jobs since November are heading back next week.
FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Penelec, announced Monday afternoon that it lifted the employee lockout of 142 Utility Workers United of America Local 180 substation electricians, line workers, meter readers and clerical staff in Altoona, Bedford, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Lewistown and Shippensburg.
Employees will return to their posts at 7 a.m. April 14.
“This is a victory for those that stood up to get a fair and just contract from this company,” said Bob Whalen, UWUA Local 102 president.
“The company, I don’t think, could figure out how to get themselves out of the pickle barrel,” he continued. “(The lockout is) costing the rate payers a lot of money, it’s costing the company a lot of money by having contractors and other people in there trying to do our work.”
FirstEnergy spokesman Scott Surgeoner said the lockout was “mostly transparent” to all Altoona-area customers. Penelec supervisors filled in the vacant union shifts during the lockout, as per the company’s work continuation plan. Surgeoner added that no OSHA violations or vehicle accidents occurred during the lockout.
He said he did not know why the decision to recall Local 180 was handed down Monday.
The employees will be working under stipulations from the company’s Nov. 6 “last, best and final” contract offer. An official UWUA press release stated that the company’s implementation of those contract concessions was “unjust” and undermines fair labor standards.
According to an official FirstEnergy press release, the company’s final offer included wage increases, increases in shift premium schedules and meal allowances as well as a new job classification.
The union will likely seek legal action against the company for forcing a contract that workers never agreed upon, Whalen said. Lifting a lockout usually means both sides are at impasse, he added.
“We still feel we have a lot of room to move,” he said.
Whalen said the two sides are set to return to the bargaining table on April 14 and 15. Although the union refused to ratify the the company’s final deal because FirstEnergy wasn’t budging on the issue of discontinued retiree health care benefits, Surgeoner was adamant that concession won’t be in the cards.
“Retiree health care is an issue that we as a company have remained very consistent with through the start of negotiations with Local UWUA 180,” he said. “The company will no longer subsidize health care benefits.”
Although an agreeable contract still needs to materialize, Whalen said getting UWUA Local 180 back to work is a step in the right direction.
“We think that our customers will get much better customer service than they’ve been getting since Thanksgiving.”
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