The Arbitration hearing regarding the layoffs of the Toll Collectors at the Pa Turnpike has been decided. The Arbitrator has upheld the Turnpikes position that it had the right to implement the all electronic toll collection system to collect the tolls and to layoff all of the Toll Collectors and Fare Collection related employees. The Union is disappointed with the Arbitrator’s decision and continues to be extremely disappointed in the actions taken by the Turnpike to implement all electronic tolling and not honor the commitments that were made to the Unions and their workers when they took advantage of the Covid-19 Virus pandemic and suspended collecting cash tolls in March and never returned to cash collections as other toll roads that suspended cash tolling did.
State Senate Employing Dirty Tricks To Attack Unions
Last night, for the second time this session, the State Senate suspended the rules of their chamber to engage in a late night debacle over amendments attacking union members. Going well past the 11pm deadline that was established in response to the infamous ‘midnight pay raise,’ the Senate continued debate until after 1:30am. All of this was part of an attempt by Senator Wagner and his Tea Party cronies to bully Senate leadership into considering union-busting “Paycheck Protection” legislation.
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