Court: Labor board erred
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.