WITH THE UNIONS: Anti-Deduction Bills Are Against Bible, Say Electrical Workers

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with the unionsLetter to State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Members of General Assembly from Emil Meyer, president/business manager, Local 614, IBEW. This local represents Exelon/PECO.

Truth be told, there is near-zero additional payroll expense incurred by the state or any other business entity that electronically allocates payments once such a system is put in place and that miniscule amount is negotiated, just as are all wages and benefits contained in a collective-bargaining agreement. But it is really a non-issue, given that payments instantaneously become the property of the men and women who earned them the very instant those wages are recorded as payment due for labor performed or services rendered.

I admire a man of principle, but even more so I admire a man of principle who has the courage and conviction to sacrificially lead by example. So, what will it be, Rep. Cutler; are you and all other publicly funded political supporters of HB 1507 (and vicariously SB 1034) willing to refuse your own salary on the same principle that it originates from electronic deductions, “using public assets for political purposes”?

Perhaps, but to individually bill constituents for services rendered as you suggested public unions should do would be so overly cumbersome, time-consuming and burdensome. A reasonable person would never demand it of another. Unless, that is, they possessed the ambiguous ethics of a chosen few whose stated purpose is to “starve the giant” while they lay siege to the families who have come together for mutual aid and protection against that other “giant,” collectively known as corporate greed and personal avarice….
Any attempt to join what clearly appears to be a politically motivated strategic war plan under a false flag of moral and spiritual righteousness does no service to the Author of those spiritual laws or the authors of that plan. Any claim of exemption from those very same principals by reason of an inferred privileged position is, well, to be polite, misguided and no different than any other virulent act of discrimination that targets a group based upon race, national origin, color or creed.

DOZEN labor unions hosted intimate luncheon at Francoluigi's in S. Phila. for Councilman Mark Squilla, drawing activists like, from left, Cement Masons’ William McQuilkin, Electricians’ Dan Stevenson and Gas Workers’ Mike McDonough.

DOZEN labor unions hosted intimate luncheon at Francoluigi’s in S. Phila. for Councilman Mark Squilla, drawing activists like, from left, Cement Masons’ William McQuilkin, Electricians’ Dan Stevenson and Gas Workers’ Mike McDonough.


One final comment to the men behind the curtain. On a level playing field it is all of society, not a self-appointed “chosen” few, that determine whether our trades or professions should provide a form of compensation that enables us to continue on in society’s service. The desire to provide for ourselves and our families’ needs and comfort while in that service is nothing to be ashamed of or to avoid for it is a God given right.

I’m certainly not a saint and all organizations have varying amounts of chaff mixed in with the wheat. But as we discussed, it might be wise to consider 1 Timothy 5:18: “For the Scripture sayeth, Thou shall not muzzle the ox that treadeth out thy corn. And the laborer is worthy of his reward,” rather than be exposed to Malachi 3:5: “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.” My fervent hope and prayer is that all deeply consider the full counsel of God as you and your honorable peers contemplate your responsibilities
to the people of Pennsylvania.”

cc. Reps. Emrick, Evankovich, Rapp, Aument, F. Keller, Kauffman, Bloom, Moul, Tallman, Metcalfe, Saylor, Grove, Hickernell, Swanger, Truitt, Saccone, Gingrich, Regan, Everett, Clymer, Denlinger, Maloney, Pyle, Mackenzie, Major, Knowles, Gabler, Dunbar, Roae, Schlegel, Culver, Rock, Benninghoff, Marsico, Krieger, Helm, Mentzer, McGinnis, Stevenson, Harper, Lawrence, Stern, Fee, R. Miller, Mustio, Day, Christiana, Oberlander, James, and Greiner.

PHILLY LABOR.COM hosted Graphic Communications International Union at its monthly “meet and greet” session of labor leaders and management in the District Council 21 Painters  Glaziers Hall. Among attendees were Brian Dougherty, Phillylabor.com; Karen Ritter, Strategic Communications Consultants; speaker Curt Freeman, president of District Council 9; Joe Dougherty, Jr. Phillylabor.com host; Speaker Joe Inemer, business manager Local 16N (Inquirer & Daily News);Bob Wolper, SCC; and Sharif Street, Esq.


PHILLY LABOR.COM hosted Graphic Communications International Union at its monthly “meet and greet” session of labor leaders and management in the District Council 21 Painters Glaziers Hall. Among attendees were Brian Dougherty, Phillylabor.com; Karen Ritter, Strategic Communications Consultants; speaker Curt Freeman, president of District Council 9; Joe Dougherty, Jr. Phillylabor.com host; Speaker Joe Inemer, business manager Local 16N (Inquirer & Daily News);Bob Wolper, SCC; and Sharif Street, Esq.


NEW LABOR SHOW ON RADIO’S WWDB
“Today in Philly Labor” is a new radio show, heard every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on WWDB 860.
It is being hosted by Joe Dougherty, Jr. and Joseph Krausey.

The show debuts on Apr. 16 with featured guest Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO President Patrick Eiding, followed by an allstar lineup of special guests throughout April including Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council Business Manager Patrick Gillespie on 4/23 and Plumbers Local 690 Business Mgr. and State Senatorial candidate John Kane on 4/30.

Download the Free Philly Labor APP, go to http://phillylabor.com/download-the-phillylabor-com-mobile-app/.

SPRINKLER FITTERS ENDORSE SMITH OVER DAVIDSON
Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 has endorsed Billy Smith’s campaign for 164th Legislative Dist. over State Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware). Local 692 represents over 500 workers in the fire-protection industry.

The support of the Sprinkler Fitters follows the endorsements of NOW, PSEA, Planned Parenthood, Lansdowne Mayor Tony Campuzano, former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young and Upper Darby Democratic Committee Chairman Ed Bradley.

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