Because municipal employees have rights as public employees in the workplace that do not apply in the private sector, it is very important for municipalities to be aware of the issues that arise when employees engage in union activity. While an employer might be inclined to react to unrest in the employee ranks in an assertive or even an aggressive manner, the employer should be informed about relevant legal issues involved in dealing with labor organization matters. In Pennsylvania, there are legal protections for public employees who engage in union organizing and other activities under the Public Employee Relations Act (PERA). 43 Pa.C.S.A. §1101.101 et seq.