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									EDDIE DAY PASHINSKI,      MEMBER                                                                 COMMITTEES
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 TO:                 All Members of the House of Representatives

 FROM:               Representative Eddie Day Pashinski

 DATE:               January 26, 2009

 SUBJECT:            Co-sponsorship of Legislation -Religiously-Affiliated School Employees (previously HB 2626)

 In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation amending the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act to provide lay
 teachers and other lay employees of private, religiously-affiliated schools the right to join, or not join, labor
 organizations. This legislation was previously known as House Bill 2626 of the 2007-2008 Legislative Session.

 As you may recall, I introduced this legislation in response to concerns that collective bargaining rights of lay
 workers in religiously-affiliated schools were being overlooked. Currently, public and private employees alike
 maintain the right to elect union representation and enjoy the benefits and job security that such membership
 often provides. These rights have been protected by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act (PLRA), as well as the
 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and comparable state laws.

 Unfortunately, when the PLRA was written in 1937, teachers at religiously-affiliated schools were typically
 members of religious orders, and little, if any, practical consideration was given to specifically ensure that
 employees of these schools would be afforded coverage under the act. Now, in 2009, as staffs of religious
 schools are overwhelmingly comprised of lay employees, it only seems prudent and fair to enact legislation that
 guarantees these workers the collective bargaining rights that are already provided to other private and public-
 sector employees. These workers surely deserve the ability to work under the certainty of a labor contract, to
 negotiate fair wages and benefits, and to seek fair representation on employment issues, like other employees
 in our state.

 The issue has now drawn much media attention and grassroots support, particularly throughout the
 communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I hope that you will join in the growing effort to move this
 important legislation forward.

 If you would like to be added as a co-sponsor, please contact Lauren in my Harrisburg office, at

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