Washington, D.C. - Though the Republican tax bill was sold to the public as a “middle-class miracle,” there are a number of provisions that undermine working families and make it harder for Pennsylvanians to make ends meet. Among these provisions was the suspension of tax deductions for union dues and other common employee expenses. In response to the GOP tax scheme’s deliberate attack on working Americans and union members, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), introduced The Tax Fairness for Workers Act. This legislation will not only reinstate the deduction for unreimbursed employee expenses, but will make the deduction for union dues above-the-line, making it available to everyone, not just those who itemize.
“This Washington Republican assault on our unions has got to stop,” said Senator Casey. “Unions provide a path to the middle class for working people by increasing their income and the economic security of their families. To this end, it’s important that we do all we can to empower workers to organize, not make it harder. The GOP tax bill “suspended” the long-standing deduction for union dues and other unreimbursed employee expenses. This legislation not only reinstates those deductions, it makes sure all union members are eligible to take the deduction for dues, not just those who itemize. This would ensure that more working Pennsylvanians get some tax benefit in the coming years, not just the super-rich and large corporations.”
Cosponsors include: U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
This legislation is endorsed by: USW, AFL-CIO, NABTU, Teamsters, IAM, CWA, UAW, AFGE, NEA, AFT, UFCW, UMWA, AFSCME.