HARRISBURG, Pa., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday April 4, state legislators and labor leaders expressed their opposition to the so-called "Right-To-Work" legislation introduced in the PA General Assembly. Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-121) hosted the event joined by House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody (D-33) and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-18). Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder represented the labor movement along with union members from the public, private and building trades sectors
President Rick Bloomingdale: "In my personal experience as a union member, when 'right to work' policies are enacted, they only serve to breed discord in the workplace. Right to work policies do not improve economic opportunities for working people. In states that have enacted these policies wages are lower, benefits are fewer and poverty is higher. These policies destroy opportunity because they breakdown our ability to come together and demand better. These 'right to work' policies are wrong for Pennsylvania."
Tammy Geanangel, graduate apprentice and 30-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66: "As a 30-year member of the IUOE Local 66 and a woman in the construction trades, I have personally witnessed the impact Right to Work laws have on workers. Make no mistake, 'Right to Work' has nothing to do with a worker's right to work and everything to do with stripping workers of livable wages and benefits. Ultimately, it's a race to the bottom!
Rep. Frank Dermody, House Democratic Leader: "There's nothing right about so-called 'right to work.' It's a sham pushed by deep-pocketed special interests to keep people's wages down and help wealthy corporations and their CEOs evade responsibility. These laws have nothing to do with creating new jobs or protecting your job, and passing laws designed specifically to depress pay for working people is just bad economic policy."
Dean Showers, President of United Steelworkers Local 6996: "Steelworkers oppose right to work because the legislation has no value to workers. It's just another attack on workers, both union and non-union. Weakened labor unions in the private sector means lower wages and weakened benefits which all transfer a greater percentage of profits to shareholders and managers at the expense of those doing the daily work to make those profits."
Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski: "This is a reintroduction of legislation that has been circulating for several sessions by people who simply aim to destroy Pennsylvanian workers' ability to bargain and take care of themselves and their family."
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo: "Supporting Pennsylvania's working people means standing up to these so-called "Right To Work bills, which have nothing to do with protecting workers' paychecks or their ability to get a decent job. I oppose these pieces of "Right-To-Work" legislation because they restrict economic opportunities for working people and only serve to silence Pennsylvanians."
Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder: "'Right To Work' legislation is 100% anti-worker and 100% anti-union being driven by the super-rich 1% who control a few foolhardy politicians. This package of bills is not about creating economic opportunity, it's about destroying communities and we're not about to let them get away with that."
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SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO