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pennliveAn SEIU boss opposes legislation which would allow Pennsylvania taxpayers and legislators to learn the cost of proposed union contracts before the state signs them.

Tom Herman, president of SEIU Local 668, expressed dismay about the measure.

“The apparent interjection of the state Legislature into the collective bargaining process, through this bill and other proposed legislation, is troubling,” he said. “Public sector collective bargaining is best left to skilled negotiators on both the management and employee representative side, without interference from third parties.”

The bill requires the administration to submit copies of a proposed labor agreement to the Independent Fiscal Office at least 20 days before a contract is to be ratified. That office would analyze the annual cost of changes in salaries, benefits, paid leave and working conditions over the contract’s life.