Rep. Madden supports legislation for better workers' rights at state Capitol rally

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined union officials and House and Senate colleagues at a Capitol news conference to promote her legislation (H.B. 1178)  and a series of other bills designed to strengthen workers’ rights in Pennsylvania.

Madden’s legislation would allow public sector workers in Pennsylvania to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy, bureaucratic process that workers have to go through now.

“It’s time to stand up to all those who would deny hardworking Pennsylvanians the right of a paycheck that reflects the dignity of their hard work and I am proud to stand and fight with union members for as long as it takes,” Madden said.

Participating in the news conference are members of the State Employees International Union (SEIU) and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and AFSCME.

“Our workers in Pennsylvania deserve to earn a decent living wage, work in a safe environment that is free of harassment and intimidation, and the right to form and join a union,” Madden said.

Madden said she first introduced the legislation in 2018 in response to the Janus v. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Janus v. AFSCME was a landmark labor law decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that collecting mandatory union fees in the public sector violated the First Amendment rights of workers.