We want to empower working people to find fulfilling work, earn better paychecks and benefits, and build wealth over their careers that will provide for their families and themselves in retirement. A fair economy that accrues opportunities and rewards for all people, not just those at the top rungs of the economic ladder is achievable.
Legislation I’m Working On
Strengthening Collective Bargaining
Our legislation attempts to stem this assault on working people by strengthening the opportunity for them to form unions and stick together. Economic gains for working Pennsylvanians did not come quickly or easily. Yet thanks to anti-worker efforts, economic gains have been rolled back with the goal to seemingly eliminate them for all. Across the board in every “right to work” state there are lower wages, higher medical costs, greater retirement insecurity, as well higher poverty, infant mortality, and workplace deaths.
First, our bill makes deciding whether to form a union easier by streamlining the election process. Instead of requiring a lengthy two-tiered election process, this bill would allow a simple card check where expressing majority support would be sufficient. Next, our legislation requires access for new employees to certified unions in order for them to explain the benefits of union membership.
“Right to work” is a fallacy and a distraction meant to divide working people and pay them less. If left unchecked, these anti-worker efforts will weaken our middle class and likely increase inequality. Only through strength in numbers have working Pennsylvanians really ever found economic progress.
The PA Senate Democratic Caucus is working on proposals to:
Increase the Minimum Wage
Invest in Employees
Encourage Small Business Development and Growth
Provide Incentives to Existing Businesses
Pennsylvania − May 20, 2019 − Advocates, lawmakers and state officials will participate in tours and a statewide day of action on Thursday, May 23rd with businesses that choose to pay their employees a living wage. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage remains at a regional low...read more
HARRISBURG, PA − June 27, 2018 − The PA Senate Dems filed the below cosponsorship memo this afternoon to combat the potential negative impacts of the SCOTUS ruling on Janus vs AFSCME today. Here’s a statement from Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. Today’s decision...read more
Pa Senate Democrats Applaud On-Time Budget with Investments in Education, Health Care, Workforce Development and Social Justice
HARRISBURG, PA − June 22, 2018 − The Pennsylvania Senate passed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (House Bill 2121) by a vote of 47-2. “In January, the Senate Democratic caucus outlined our priorities for the year and this budget puts the money where our mouths...read more