Letter to the Editor: Collecting union dues: Why are first-responder unions exempt?
March 10, 2014 10:30 AM

Tom Smith’s comments (“Don’t taxpayers already pay enough,” Feb. 12) and those by others mislead the taxpayers. Mr. Smith commented that House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034 would require public sector unions to collect for themselves their dues and PAC money. It exempts first responders, who are also represented by public sector unions.

My question is why are they exempt but no other public sector unions? Is it because traditionally some are strong Republican contributors and other unions might not be? Is there no cost to the taxpayers related to collecting dues and PAC money from the FOP, PSECO and the Pennsylvania Firefighters Association, which again are public sector unions, or is it just the public sector unions known as AFSCME, SEIU and PSEA that cost the taxpayers money?

Really?

I’m tired of misleading accusations.

Please show the taxpayers the bill that the last four governors could not. AFSCME has asked that if a cost were to be incurred to the taxpayers to carry out such union business, that the state bill them to cover such costs, but there has never been a bill sent to AFSCME.

Readers, please understand, there is no bill presented because there is no cost for the service. Quit telling the taxpayers like me that we are paying for something that there is no cost involved with. Please put all unions on the exempt plan. Be fair and honest.

Harvey Truitt

Penn Run

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