Madden, Mehaffie to discuss bill to advance workers' rights

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, will hold a news conference to introduce legislation advancing workers’ rights (H.B. 2606) at noon Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Commonwealth Media Center at the Capitol.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to weaken public sector worker rights in the Janus v. AFSCME case, Madden began working with Mehaffie in a bipartisan effort to introduce the Workplace Freedom Act. The bill would strengthen labor rights in Pennsylvania, helping more public servants to form a union or join one by streamlining the election process. Groups of workers could vote to join a union with a simple majority vote.

The news conference comes one day after the House Labor and Industry Committee advanced five bills attacking worker protections following the Janus decision.

A companion measure to Madden’s bill will be introduced in the Senate with unanimous support of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Joining Madden and Mehaffie at Tuesday’s event will be members of the Senate, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other labor organizations.

The media is invited to attend.