Madden, SEIU to hold news conference on workers' rights bill Wednesday

SCRANTON, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and members of the Service Employees International Union will hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building, 431 Wyoming Ave. in Scranton.

Along with her colleague, state Rep. Tom Mehaffie, Madden plans to reintroduce her Workplace Freedom Act legislation that would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy bureaucratic process that workers currently have to go through.

Madden and Mehaffie first introduced the legislation in 2018 in response to the Janus vs AFSCME Supreme Court decision, an unprecedented attack on the right to organize.

“In the face of continued attacks, we are more committed than ever to strengthening and expanding the rights of Pennsylvanians to join together in unions,” Madden said. “What Pennsylvania truly needs is Unions for All, which will give workers more power to improve jobs, raise wages and equal the playing field against big corporations.”

Madden will be joined by legislative colleagues at the news conference.

Media coverage is invited.