Government
5:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Corbett Not Pushing For Right-to-Work

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett says he doesn't see a strong will to make Pennsylvania a "right-to-work" state, a key issue for conservatives as fellow industrial state Michigan is poised to become the 24th state to pass such a law.

The Republican governor told a radio interviewer Monday the lack of momentum has to do with local and state politics, but he didn't elaborate or say whether he'd support such legislation.

Right-to-work bills prohibit requirements that employees join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Such legislation languished in the Republican-controlled Legislature without a vote during the recently-completed two-year session.

Supporters say it's about freedom of association for workers and improving the business climate. Critics contend the real intent is to bleed unions of money and bargaining power.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.