HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania teachers union says members’ dues aren’t being “contributed to political candidates or spent on public communications about candidates.”
A state appeals court on Thursday ordered the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to investigate a college professor’s complaint involving the use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Pennsylvania State Education Association sent the professor a letter in support of Wolf and ran articles praising the Democrat in its magazine. Mary Trometter, an assistant professor of culinary arts at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, says state law prohibits public employee unions from using union funds to support political candidates.
The teachers union says in a statement that state law and U.S. Supreme Court rulings allow unions to “privately communicate with members and their families on any subject.”