Miller, House Democrats introduce workers’ rights legislative package

Bill package seeks to strengthen workers’ rights in commonwealth

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – Flanked by other PA House Democrats and allies in the state Senate, state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, introduced a legislative bill package at a Tuesday news conference that would strengthen workers’ rights in the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Bill of Rights legislative bill package includes 13 House bills geared toward bettering or supporting workers’ rights. Each bill was discussed by the bill’s sponsor; Miller is prime or co-prime sponsor of six of the bills.

“Pennsylvanians work hard, whether it’s in a factory, farm or on a college field. At the end of the day, they give their all. However, not only are they not getting credit where it’s due – they’re not getting due compensation,” Miller said. “The host of bills presented today would work to eradicate this, branding the Commonwealth as a state that puts the people above profits, which is an issue that should have been tackled some time ago.”

The bills include:

  • H.B. 1863 – Improving employees’ voices in the workplace.
  • H.B. 1864 – Valuing employers who value Pennsylvania workers.
  • H.B. 1865 – UC eligibility for striking workers.
  • H.B. 1866 – Farm laborers collective bargaining act.
  • H.B. 567   – JSGC resolutions to study economic and workforce transition.
  • H.B. 1909 – College athlete Fair Pay to Play Act.
  • H.B. 1215 – One fair wage.
  • H.B. 1082 – The Jake Schwab worker safety bill.
  • H.B. 998   – Paid sick leave.
  • H.B. 625   – Paid Family Leave Act.
  • H.B. 1178 – Strengthening collective bargaining.
  • H.B.1436  – Fair work week.
  • H.B. 850   – Modernizing Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Secretary Treasurer Frank Snyder and fellow union members also spoke Tuesday in support of the legislative bill package.

“Labor unions are leading the way in strengthening and expanding workers’ rights across our Commonwealth. This legislative package, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Bill of Rights, is the most proactive agenda for workers our Commonwealth has seen in decades. Workers and the unions that represent them are committed to fighting for a stronger voice on the job,” Bloomindale said.

The bills included in the Pennsylvania Workers’ Bill of Rights package likely will be referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee.