State lawmakers re-introduce bill to make process of creating unions easier


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    SCRANTON (WOLF) -- State lawmakers are re-introducing a new bill that aims to ease the process of creating a union.

    Its called the Workplace Freedom Act.

    Democratic State Rep. Maureen Madden along with Republican State Rep. Tom Mehaffie are sponsoring the bill.

    Madden held a news conference Wednesday along with members of the SEIU in Scranton.

    It would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority check vote, rather than going through a card check and secret ballot election.

    Madden and Mehaffie previously introduced the bill after last year's Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision which ended fair share fees for public sector workers.

    “Under my bill you fill out a card that says you want to be a manager and you give it to your manager or your unit official and when you get 50% you’re at a union shop. No more of the seven to ten days between the time you fill out the card and you have an election for the management to get to your and say, “oh my goodness, you don’t want to be a union shop, they’re going to take your money,’” Rep. Madden, D-Monroe, said.

    The bill is currently being circulated for co-sponsors.

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