Pennsylvania’s workers are deprived of their freedom of choice to decide whether or not they want to join or support a labor union. The economic effects of forced unionism are clear:
— According to U.S. Labor Department data, between 2003 and 2005, private-sector job growth in forced unionism states increased by 2.3 percent, while private-sector job growth in voluntary unionism states increased by 4.9 percent, or roughly 120 percent more.
— The average personal income of Pennsylvanians, after adjusting for taxes and cost-of-living, is $2,150 less than that of residents in America’s 22 voluntary unionism states.
— In 2009, the number of welfare recipients per 1,000 residents was 17.3 in forced unionism states such as Pennsylvania, compared to only 7.6 in voluntary unionism states (well below the national average of 13.5).
Public opinion surveys consistently show that the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians support abolishing compulsory unionism.
What YOU Can Do
Contact your state legislators and ask their position on House Bill 50, the Freedom of Employment Act (which ends compulsory unionism in PA). If they are undecided or opposed, cite the facts above and urge them to support this important legislation.