Pennsylvania is in the bottom five of states in a new index that determines the degree to which states favor organized labor over taxpayers.
The Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index was developed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The index ranks each state in 23 different categories to determine where union lobbyists have the most sway over policymakers and where the fiscal concerns of taxpayers are most strongly represented.
The study looked at collective bargaining; secret ballot protections and card check; binding arbitration; government union density; public employee pension underfunding; project labor agreements; and strike policy for government employees.
Pennsylvania's rank was 46th. One reason for the poor showing - union density, which is 9.3 percent for the private sector compared to 49.9 percent for the public sector. Pennsylvania also has no restrictions on project labor agreements.
Describing the index as vehicle for change, CEI pointed out that "legislatures and governors face a daunting challenge in balancing the rights of taxpayers against the demands of powerful government employee unions."