Economic dignity is under attack in PA. Corporations and special interests continue their strangle-hold over those legislators in power, and every-day, working, tax-paying Pennsylvanians suffer, especially our black and brown neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Here's how you can help fight for economic dignity for all Pennsylvanians.
The PA GOP doesn’t like when municipalities pass legislation that is unfavorable to their corporate and special interest donors. So, they are making every effort to prevent towns and cities in Pennsylvania from governing themselves. It’s called preemption.
One of many preemption bills in the PA Assembly pipeline is HB 861. HB 861 would prohibit local governments from requiring that private employers provide their employees with basic things like paid sick leave, fair scheduling, or other benefits. The bill would cover any local ordinance passed after January 1, 2015, and would allow someone to seek damages in court if they were adversely affected by a local ordinance.
The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will be holding a hearing HB 861 in the near future. They need to hear from us. If you or someone you know has directly benefited from local labor laws like paid sick leave, please contact us or your legislator to share your story.
Bring Family and Medical Leave to PA
Currently, Federal FMLA laws only provide leave for care given to spouse, child, or parent. People who want to care for a sibling in their time of medical need must choose between their loved-one and their jobs. Senator Dinniman has introduced a state-level supplement to the Federal program that would give 6 weeks of leave for those who need to care for a sibling, grandparent, or grandchild - PA Senate Bill 479. On April 17th at 10:00 am, the PA Senate Labor and Industry Committee with hold a hearing on SB 479. If legislation like this would have helped your family, please contact us or your legislator to share your personal story.
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