2010-11-11 / Local & State

Sen. Eichelberger Receives Right-To-Work Statesman Award

Noted as strong advocate for worker freedom in PA

Sen. John Eichelberger Sen. John Eichelberger On Friday, November 5, 2010, state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. (R-30) was named “Statesman of the Year” by Pennsylvanians For Right To Work (PARTW) at its annual Reagan Luncheon.

Pennsylvanians For Right To Work (PARTW) was organized in 1962 to achieve and guarantee for Pennsylvania workers the right to obtain and hold a job, whether or not they belong to a union. Rightto work laws protect an individual’s First Amendment right to freedom of association, and protect individual property rights by keeping wages free of unauthorized garnishment by external organizations.

Eichelberger said, “I am honored to receive this award from PARTW. I believe that employees should have the right to form or join a labor organization, but they should also have the equal right to refrain from being compelled to join one.”

In that regard, Eichelberger was a cosponsor of Senate Bill 1341 which would prohibit any practice or agreement which makes compulsory union dues or membership in a labor organization a condition of employment or continued employment in Pennsylvania.

Another example of such compulsory unionism legislation is the socalled Employee Free Choice Act, which has been proposed in Congress. The bill, also known as “card check,” would remove workers’ rights to a federally supervised private ballot election.

“I believe that forcing workers to sign cards in front of organizers and colleagues subjects them to harassment and intimidation. This is a violation of individual liberty and should be against the public policy of this commonwealth and the nation as a whole,” stated Eichelberger. “For that reason, I was also proud to be a sponsor of a resolution opposing the federal card check bill. I think we must keep working to support worker freedom and free market labor models which are necessary to an open and prosperous society.”

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