State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

Gov. Tom Wolf claimed victory Tuesday in a three-year-old battle as the state Supreme Court upheld a 2015 executive order designed to represent in-home care workers in executive branch decision making.

The order, issued in his first month in office, set up an advisory committee for the fast growing industry, now about 20,000 strong in Pennsylvania, that often provides low wages and has high turnover for health care workers aiding seniors or people with disabilities. 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

With the Janus ruling in the legislature’s rear-view window, a host of bills aimed at public sector unions have begun to float up from the General Assembly.

None have been formally introduced yet, but continue to circulate as co-sponsor memos. Some of the proposals, though, are already getting under the skin of the state’s labor leaders.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jerry Oleksiak, will take over the reins at the department full time after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to give him an up or down vote on the floor in time to meet the constitutional requirement for consideration within 25 legislative days from the governor’s nomination.

                                                   

The L&I position became open after former secretary Kathy Manderino stepped down from the role in mid-July to take a spot on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill requiring IFO cost estimates of collective bargaining agreements heads to the governor

Bill requiring IFO cost estimates of collective bargaining agreements heads to the governor

The Senate Wednesday concurred in House amendments to Senate Bill 644, legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that would require the Independent Fiscal Office to provide five-year cost estimates for proposed public employee contracts under the governor's jurisdiction prior to execution of agreements.

The bill now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature or veto.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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