Court: La­bor board erred

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com­mon­wealth court ruled in septem­ber 2016 that the Penn­syl­va­nia La­bor Re­la­tions Board erred when it re­fused to in­ves­ti­gate a col­lege pro­fes­sor’s com­plaint in­volv­ing the use of teacher union dues to pro­mote the 2014 can­di­dacy of Gov. Tom Wolf.

Mary Tromet­ter, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of culi­nary arts at Penn­syl­va­nia col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy in Wil­liamsport, al­leged the Penn­syl­va­nia state ed­u­ca­tion as­so­ci­a­tion and its af­fil­i­ate, the Na­tional ed­u­ca­tion as­so­ci­a­tion, vi­o­lated the law by send­ing her a

let­ter in sup­port of Wolf and run­ning ar­ti­cles prais­ing the Demo­crat in its magazine.

The la­bor re­la­tions board claimed it had no au­thor­ity to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of the

law and re­ferred Tromet­ter’s com­plaint to the state at­tor­ney gen­eral, the ap’s Michael Ru­binkam re­ported.

The board “ig­nored the Gen­eral as­sem­bly’s in­tent that it, and not the at­tor­ney Gen­eral, po­lice com­pli­ance” with the law and thus “ab­di­cated its statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” the court said.

The rul­ing sent the pro­fes­sor’s com­plaint back to the board for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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