Court orders board to probe teacher’s complaint about dues

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania appeals court says the state Labor Relations Board erred when it refused to investigate a college professor’s complaint involving the alleged use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf.

State law prohibits public employee unions from using union funds to support political candidates.

Mary Trometter, an assistant professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, says the state’s largest teachers’ union violated the law by sending her a letter in support of Wolf and running articles supportive of the Democrat in its magazine.

The labor relations board claims it has no authority to investigate possible violations and referred Trometter’s complaint to the state attorney general.

Commonwealth Court says the board is shirking its responsibility to enforce compliance with the law.

Thursday’s ruling sends the professor’s complaint back to the board for consideration.

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