As Pennsylvania legislators advanced bills furthering the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on workers’ rights, a report revealed that the state’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee received nearly a quarter (24 percent) of his donations from public sector unions.
Last week, the Commonwealth Foundation released a report showing that Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s current governor who’s running for re-election in November, received more than $10 million in political support since 2013 from organizations like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
The report came months after the Janus v. AFSCME decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory union fees violated the First Amendment, as much of that money went toward political candidates.
In Pennsylvania alone, the state’s government unions have reportedly spent $122.7 million on politics since 2007, according to the Commonwealth Foundation.
“Because union leaders’ political money is collected from workers using public payroll systems, taxpayers are forced to be part of unions’ political machine,” Nathan Benefield, the vice president of the organization, said in a release.
For Wolf, however, the Janus decision was a “major step backward”:
The Supreme Court decision in #Janus is a major step backward for working families and the middle class. For generations, unions have fought for protections we all enjoy, including a 40-hour work week, weekends, and paid time off. #Union https://t.co/xv720qk0xZ
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 27, 2018
Wolf’s office did not respond to IJR’s request for comment before the time of publication.
IJR previously reported on research from the Center for Union Facts that claimed that unions spent billions of dollars on left-leaning causes:
According to the data, labor unions in the United States sent more than $1.3 billion in member dues to liberal advocacy groups aligned with the Democratic Party in the last seven years alone and never obtained approval from members beforehand.
Pennsylvania also reportedly considered legislation that would require union members receive notification that their dues were voluntary.
Other bills focused on workers’ resignations and employees having a say in authorizing a strike.