Metcalfe Proposes Right To Work State

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe has proposed legislation to make the Commonwealth a right to work state.  

Metcalfe tells KDKA’s Mike Pintek that being forced to join a union is un-American and the issue “should be very important to everybody who loves freedom in Pennsylvania!”

“Currently under Pennsylvania law, if you’re looking for employment and you happen to find a job at a company or a facility where it’s a union shop,” Metcalfe explains, “then to enjoy having the opportunity to have that job, you have to pay the union some component of their union dues or you have to join that union and pay full dues.”

“Right now, we have a state of compulsory unionism in Pennsylvania,” Melcalfe adds, “and we would like to have our policy changed and move in the direction of 22 other states which are right to work states where they’ve actually brought compulsory unionism to an end… and restore that freedom for people to actually find employment without being forced to pay money to a private, politically-driven organization that they might not otherwise choose to be associated with.”

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  • Eric Metcalfe

    Metcalfe was a dope before, but now, yeah, still a dope.

    • Eric Metcalfe

      I played for the Browns dimwit. Maybe you are related to Darryl cuz you’re both ignorant and dumb. I hate people like you who when confronted by a different opinion than theirs immediately assign that person an Obama supporter. stfu! Read a book. Quit blaming your problems on black people.

    • NotBJV

      @Fake Eric. Eric Metcalfe played for 7 teams so wouldn’t associate himself with just one team. You choose Cleveland because that’s a Pgh rivalry team (thinking that would give you some credibility.) But Eric works in Seattle and certainly would have no cares about a PA lawmaker. So before you call someone stupid try not to look so.

    • Eric Metcalf

      I chose the Browns because that is where people here remember me playing. Whatever you are saying is irrelevant. My top concern is that this numbskull and I share the same last name. I dont eat my boogers and I dont want people to get us confused.

      • Kathleen

        I can assure you that considering language used and the tone of your replies no one would believe – for one second – that you are in any way related to Rep Metcalfe.

      • Kathy needs Hooked on Phonics

        Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen……

        Can you NOT comprehend when Eric said, ” My top concern is that this numbskull and I share the same last name. I dont eat my boogers and I dont want people to get us confused.”?

      • Ryan

        It’s a joke Kathleen, relax. Try not to be so serious.

  • dan

    Union til I die, I will fight til my last drop of blood to stay union!!!!

    • Dave

      No one is saying you can’t be union. Right to work means that those who do not want to be in a union aren’t forced.

      • Kimberly

        Right to work also means that those that are part of the Union at a company, are paying for those who arent to have the same benefits!!!! Its absurd….Unions can’t negotiate contracts for free….nor should they have to…they have employees to pay also!!!! .If you want the perks of having someone actually care about whether you make a fair wage, have healthcare & work in safe conditions then you should have to contribute…otherwise find a job somewhere else….This is just another ploy for the republicans to chip away at the middle class & try to take out the unions because of their political power….Wake up people…at least educate yourself on the facts before you make a decision one way or another!!!

      • James

        LOL @kimberly. Telling people who don’t want to work for a union to “go somewhere else”. The job/company existed BEFORE the union, so tell your union to GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

    • LOL@dan

      Until your last dollar and cents too huh .

    • tina

      i agree dan! Normally the rights of union workers are higher and better than people who are not in a union. The question then becomes if you are not in a union and other people in your workplace are…..what kind of salary/benefits do you get? Why should people who do not want to join a union get the priviledge of having the same package as the union workers who bargain for theirs??!!

  • RB

    Dan – bwahahahahahahaha. You are a moron. Enjoy your fight.

  • Tim

    If You do the research, every Right to Work State in the Country has had major reduction in wages, worse working conditions , dropped benefits, and a major increase in Illegal’s agreeing to take Your Job for 1/2 Your wage package. The fact is just about every Labor Union out there is constantly fighting for increased wages, better working conditions, increased benefits, and keeping a watch on hiring proceedures. It is also the responsibility of a Good Union Employee to be the best at what they do. And to give their all to make sure that the company they work for makes a profit.

    • Dave

      yes, we know they are fighting (ie holding companies hostage by threatening outages) for more money/unrealistic benefits. We are reminded of that every time we see govt pension plans bankrupting us. Companies should be able to offer what an employee is willing to accept. As for the issue on illegals, that’s a separate issue…laws should be stronger to prevent them from being here.

    • Kathleen

      If the unions are so American worker-friendly why, then, are they the leading advocates for illegal aliens?

      • Dan

        they are not that doesnt even make sense! Unions protect workers from illegal worker stupid

      • Jose Cuervo

        It’s the greedy business owners that do not want to pay taxes that hire the illegals, Kathy.

        Take trip from under your rock.


    Unions are a FARSE they support Gay Marrage,Obama’s lame duck choices,drugs and cartels,and illegals taking AMERICAN jobs KILL THE LAME UNIONS THEY DO NOTHING BUT COLLECT MONEY

  • Mike Peace

    Why should anyone have all the benefits of a union job which union members fought to guarantee a union wage with benefits , sick pay, holiday pay and not be union. I love the scabs who cross the line during a strike but yet enjoy the wage increases and benefits of that strike while sacraficing nothing. Let me out it into THE RIGHT WING EXTREMIST MENTALITY give me all the rights of a US Citizenship without truly being an American Citizen. Honestly a Republican can’t understand basic human needs so to explain it to them is an exercise in futility.
    The Republican Party Makes Me Sick.

    • John

      Keep drinking your union kool-aid.



      • Metcalf = Glen Beck


        And you have a choice to work at a place where the is no union. Now get back to work and make me a sammich.

        Reich-wing Metcalf called protesting soldiers un-America a year or so ago. Metcalf is a nut job.

    • tina

      i agree mike. good points!

  • J

    when i joined cwa 6 years ago, they give you the opportunity to opt out of paying dues to them..However, no one i have ever known has done such a stupid thing!! FACT+ Unions built the middle class. Ans never has there been such a gap between rich and poor, and they bare trying to take that away!!! CWA local 13000

  • tom

    Here we go. The workers are down and voters are at an all-time level of dumb. Let’s see what we can get away with.

  • Mike Peace

    Who The Hell listens to KDKA anymore ?
    What use to be a great radio station is a right wing propoganda machine…
    Shame is KDKA which use to be a 50,000 watt powerhouse can barely be heard outside of Allegheny County anymore.
    Makes me happy I am tired of The Pinhead Pintek

    • Dave

      If you think kdka is right wing, you’re beyond hope.

  • Mike Peace

    “As a veteran, I believe that any veteran lending their name, to promote the leftist propaganda of global warming and climate change, in an effort to control more of the wealth created in our economy, through cap and tax type policies, all in the name of national security, is a traitor to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution of our great nation!” Mr. Metcalfe said in his e-mail response.

    A Metcalfe e-mail after vets asked him to come to a rally against global warming………
    So much for giving VETS Respect (lol)
    What an A$$Hole

    • Dave

      Pure BS. Actually in the legal circuit that might be libel. Please provide a link to your claim. What you posted is truly a lie, but that won’t stop your kind.

  • Mike Peace

    Metcalfe’s Remarks About Vets are Astounding

    State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s ignorance is astounding, his intolerance disturbing and embarrassing (“Metcalfe Defends Harsh Talk About Vets on Climate,” Oct. 21).

    I am a retired Naval officer and Gulf War veteran who lost a shipmate to terrorist bombing while stationed off the coast of Beirut in 1983. I took the same oath Mr. Metcalfe did to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I also used to teach U.S. history and American government at the high school level before I joined the Navy.

    Mr. Metcalfe seems to have missed the lesson that political opponents in our beloved democracy are not enemies, but rather members of a loyal opposition, always. That’s what my Naval career was all about — fighting to preserve such freedom for all of us. To impugn someone’s integrity because you disagree with them (as Mr. Metcalfe has done to the vets associated with Operation Free) is what is un-American.

    Since he holds office as a state representative, he should set a far better example for his constituents, both young and old.

    U.S. Navy (Ret.)

    • Dave

      And this relates to Right to Work how? Try to keep up…

    • Dave

      You’re not quoting Metcalfe’s response…your quoting a letter to the editor. I read an article in “letter to the editor” that said the world was going to end (10 years ago.) We get it, you think Metcalfe is the boogie man, but if you’re going to post try to present some valid argument.

  • Mike Peace

    Rumors continue to circulate on many levels of the SANITY of Mr. Metcalfe !!
    As his term continues the repercussions of an apathetic public and a population exhausted by lifes daily tasks has allowed this individul to acquire an office of importance. This trend is occurring nationwide as America’s Most Well Known Lunatic Sarah Palin continues her uneducated rantings.
    Metcalfe, Jane Orie, Sarah Palin …
    The Republican Party Must Be Proud

    • Dave

      You post over and over on non Right To Work issues (**psst** check out the article) and you question his sanity. Interesting.



  • Billy

    I dont know about this right to work stuff but I do know that Darryl is a loser

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  • Kathleen

    I wish we could clone Daryl Metcalfe. He is one of the very few among elected officials who truly honors his oath of office, the Constitution, and our laws.
    A local state rep in our area relayed the thug-like tactics the Chamber of Commerce and SEIU incorporated when he attempted to protect contractors operating within the confines of the law from those who hired illegal aliens.

  • L. Wojton

    Unions sure did a lot of good for Pittsburghs steel industry. It is partially because of those unions is why steel prices rose casuing plants to close, sell out to the Germany and Japan or just move out of the city. I as one of those refugees from the late 70’s. Employees were getting huge incentives and quarterly COLA increases. After the huge layoff I and many other couldn’t get work because we were priced clean off the market. Yep unions sure are a good thing.

  • mike

    This is the only way PA can compete. Look at where new factories are being built in the USA. They are being built in the Right to Work states in the south while the rust belt continues to decline. The need for unions and their organized crime masters has passed. Let them die and let the American free enterprise system rebuild PA.

  • Chris

    I like the concept of a right-to-work state. I’ve considered getting into teaching, but my 12 years of industry experience and Ch. E. degree mean nothing if I would, as I’d be forced to join the teacher’s union, and have them negotiate my starting salary. If I could do that on my own, and not have to join, I’d strongly considering switching professions. I believe that talent, drive, and personal negotiating skills should be the primary factor in salary and benefits, not tenure.

    Unions have a place, and do a great job of protecting those who have been longtime members, but in some cases can be a barrier to attracting new talent to a particular field. Right-to-work laws can help minimize those barriers.

  • Suzanne

    I find it both Un American & anti human for anyone who is striving to become & maintain a middle class existence to be against unions. I have no problem if someone choose not to join a union. In those cases, I bet that same person would rather be non union in a union shop than in a non union one. I don’t understand why anyone would NOT want to have someone represent them if & when their employer treats them unfairly. If you purchase a shirt in a store you want to handle your dispute with someone. But when it is your job you would like to be treated like you are less than a person? I don’t believe this is what our country wants. I can only stress how important it is to get a college education so you know and understand the tricks Republicans are attempting to do to you, your family and our country. They count on you ‘listening’ and not ‘knowing’. We all deserve the right to bring home a living wage to our families, take our households on vacations and send our children to college. The less education, the more you believe the BS they are putting out there.’Think’ don’t just ‘listen’.

    • unionsuk

      I don’t see why it’s so hard to comprehend why people are against unions. They drive the prices of all goods that they produce through the roof, take the automobile industry for example, their $80/hr. wage/benefit packages are the number 1 reason why a new car cost $30,000. No need to even bring up what was mentioned earlier about what they did to the steel industry in Pittsburgh. They protect and reward the lazy, inept and unsafe workers that I don’t want to be anywhere near let alone have to work beside. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your trade, if the slacker is the stewards cousin he’ll work all year but you’ll get cut the first time things get slow. You say it’s Un-American to be against unions, I say it’s Un-American to be for them. Workers should be rewarded by how good they are at their job, not by who they are related to.

  • keith

    union or not, Pa is already a right to work state, the problem is that right to work means you have a right to work as long as your employor wants you to work, Unions have their place, the problem is that most unions ask for too much instead of enough. I am sorry but Union contracts are the reason that the major car compnaies failed and they are the reason that teachers are able to make more money in retirment than when they work. I am a non- union worker because the union I was in failed to do what it was being paid for and now,
    I and the other 5 guys who lost our jobs to please the company are understanding the real world

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