Thank you, Council President. And I too just want to echo some of the sentiments that our speakers had here today in the public comment as well as Councilman Kenney in his brief comments. I mean, this is an outright assault on the basic principles of working families in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
When certain groups, interest groups, add political process when they don't get their way and they go home, or it's my party and I'll cry if I want to, they take it to the court, and they're going to continue to take it to the court like with this paycheck protection.
This is a voluntary system. This is collective bargaining. And if somebody does not volunteer to pay union dues, they still get represented, because it's about the workers. This is about workers' rights. This is about human rights. And the rights are being taken away and litigated in court to keep us on our toes so a certain group of America can have their political way, and we're not going to stand for it, especially in this economy. This is about the workers, this is about their families, and this is about the future and the sanctity of collective bargaining agreements. We don't get what we want, we take it to court. We can't allow that anymore.
So I urge this Council and I urge the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to overwhelmingly shoot it down for the members that elect them and the members that they serve in their respective districts.