A year after ‘Janus,’ the Pa. labor movement is as strong as ever

Originally posted by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star at penncapital-star.com on July 3, 2019.By Eric RossoMany opinions were given on the fate of the labor movement almost one year ago.Most of them were some variation on how it had just received a fatal blow by the Supreme Court. One notable opinion commented that labor relations would change “in both predictable and wholly unexpected ways.”Those words came in the dissenting opinion of the Janus V. AFSCME Supreme Court Case.A case that was bankrolled by anti-union front groups with the political promise that it would be the end of the labor movement. These billionaire funded...

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One Year After Janus, Pennsylvania’s Labor Movement Is As Important As Ever

After last year’s Janus decision, Pennsylvania became a hub for anti-union campaigns from billionaire-funded front groups, including the Commonwealth Foundation, the Fairness Center, and Americans for Fair Treatment. Despite their best efforts and deep pockets, it’s clear that a year after Janus, Pennsylvania’s labor movement hasn’t just survived these attacks, it has thrived. Watch Spotlight’s latest video on Pennsylvania’s unions, a year after Janus,...

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Profiting Off The Backs of PA’s Children: Commonwealth Kids LLC Exposed

The Education Income Tax Credit (EITC) has long drained resources from public schools to benefit the rich in Pennsylvania. It has been a constant source of grief for communities, parents, and our public schools and many education advocates have spoken out against the program. To no surprise, one of the tax scheme’s biggest backers is the Koch-funded Commonwealth Foundation.Pennsylvania’s EITC is one of the most generous tax giveaways in the country dressed up as education reform. In reality, these type of programs allow corporations and the rich to profit at the expense of children in public schools. A study...

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WatchDog? More like Lap Dog.

Next time you see posts populating #PAPolitics or #PAGov from WatchDog.Org, remember they are actually just the biased media lapdogs paid to push out misleading analysis from the Commonwealth Foundation.

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The Commonwealth Foundation’s Agenda Fails in Harrisburg

If it’s budget season in Harrisburg, that means the Commonwealth Foundation are pushing anti-union bills. Unfortunately for the billionaire-funded front group, their efforts went down early this year, underscoring the continued failure by State Policy Network groups to convince Pennsylvanians that unions are bad. The Commonwealth Foundation have been pulling out all the stops for House Bill 785 and Senate Bill 371, further attacks on collective bargaining in Pennsylvania. These proposed bills come directly from the ALEC playbook. In fact, a recent article highlighted that bills like these are on top of ALEC’s agenda for 2019. The Commonwealth Foundation...

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