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February 4, 2014
AFSCME Bosses: Making Us Collect Our Own Dues is "Anti-Worker"
Source: Media Trackers
By: Jason Hart

Legislation proposed in Pennsylvania that would end taxpayer-provided automatic union dues deduction for most public workers has incited panic among American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) bosses.

As Media Trackers Pennsylvania has reported, AFSCME and other unions are ginning up outrage against state legislators’ push for paycheck protection by calling the policy an “attack on workers” and telling government employees it would revoke their collective bargaining privileges.

“The anti-worker legislation introduced by the state’s House and Senate would severely limit the voice of working families and deny public workers the right to negotiate collectively,” AFSCME shrieked from its DC headquarters on January 31.

Paycheck protection would simply stop government offices from deducting union dues from many workers’ paychecks, which would require AFSCME and other public employee unions to collect their own dues and “fair share” fees.

So we know AFSCME’s talking points are a lie; what’s the union actually fighting for?

AFSCME bosses are paid enormous sums from workers’ mandatory dues. If AFSCME and other unions had to collect their own payments — as other businesses do — the union bosses might wind up with less money to pay themselves.

Based on the annual report AFSCME submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor, the union paid outgoing president Gerald McEntee over $1.1 million in fiscal year 2012.

AFSCME headquarters paid 293 officers and employees more than $100,000, and paid 18 individuals more than $200,000 each. These figures do not include AFSCME bosses from state affiliates in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.



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