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Covering Up Unemployment In Pennsylvania

BY FRANK A. SIRIANNI, President of the Pennsylvania State Building Trades Council

- Lately we have all been reading that Gov. Tom Corbett is taking credit for the alleged “relatively low” unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania. As he runs for reelection, he says it is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA!

The percentage of unemployed Pennsylvania workers, according to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry, is claimed to be right around 6%, depending on where you live. That is the lowest since before 2008 and the Great Recession.

Well, as everyone knows, you can get any number you want from the Dept. of Labor, especially if you are running for reelection as Governor of an administration with a failed economic policy. All you have to do is call the Secretary of Labor that you appointed and tell her to do it.

The fact of the matter is the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is significantly higher than what is reported to the media by the Department that works for the Governor/candidate trying to get reelected.

That way, the candidate doesn’t become part of the bogus unemployment statistics that his pay-to-play appointees are reporting. To understand the real numbers, you have to add a few people who were conveniently, or possibly intentionally, overlooked.

First, you have to add back into the numbers the 44,000 workers who were made ineligible to qualify for Unemployment Insurance by Gov. Corbett’s Act 60, even though they and their employers faithfully paid their premiums into the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

That alone should be considered a crime! Can you imagine what would happen if you paid into a life-insurance policy yet your family couldn’t collect the benefit when you passed away? Well, 44,000 working citizens here in Pennsylvania, and their employers, are getting just that result. They pay in and they cannot collect; and the number will double, every single year, over the next decade, while out-of-state Marcellus Shale workers take home our unemployment funds.

Second, another number that was conveniently overlooked and not considered in Corbett’s announced bogus unemployment rate, are the roughly 100,000 people who had their Unemployment Insurance terminated by their government just before Christmas 2013.

The sad thing about this whole situation is: While we have a Governor who has lived off the taxpayers most of his entire adult life, right down to the taxpayer-funded SUV, to every steak and bottle of wine he and his family eats and drinks, yet he has the gall to now portray himself as a man of compassion!

So I want to give the Governor the credit he deserves. Way to go, Tom! You have successfully removed the food from the tables of over 150,000 working families in Pennsylvania.

Source: http://www.phillyrecord.com/2014/07/another-opinion-covering-up/

Postal Workers Visit City of Their Genesis For National Convention

By John Ostapkovich

- PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Convention Center is buzzing this week with members of the postal workers’ union, who are attending their biennial meeting, through Thursday.

About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are here, many with family members.

“This is a great town and we’re just happy to be here,” said Kevin Card of Portland, Ore., 27 years a letter carrier and now helping his colleagues injured on the job get health care and worker’s compensation.

He says convention sessions cover a wide range of topics: “Basic contract knowledge for our contract, but also political organizing, what’s happening in our community efforts to work with our food drive, and also anything having to do with the life of a letter carrier, whether it’s retirement, whether it’s health care, any of those things we cover in a very extensive manner.”

Card says the US Postal Service is not a dinosaur but doing very well, thank you, thanks to the huge upswing in package deliveries from online shopping. He says USPS finances dip into the red only because Congress ordered it to pre-pay 75 years of expected retiree medical benefits in ten years.

(In 1775 in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress founded the United States Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin the first postmaster general.)

Source: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/postal-workers-visit-city-of-their-genesis-for-national-convention/

Rep. Keith Ellison wants to make union organizing a civil right

By Ned Resnikoff

- DETROIT – Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison plans to unveil legislation that would make unionization into a legally protected civil right, the congressman said on Saturday.

The bill, which he plans to formally introduce on July 30, would make it easier for workers to take legal action against companies that violate their right to organize.

It is already illegal to fire workers in retaliation for union activities, but enforcing workers’ right to organize can be a tricky process under current law. Currently, wrongfully terminated employees must file an unfair labor practice claim with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which will then determine whether to represent the worker in a legal fight against the employer.

But workers are not able to directly sue their employers for anti-union retaliation, and the process of bringing forward a successful unfair labor practice claim can take years.

Ellison’s legislation would maintain the unfair labor practice system, but also allow workers to individually sue their employers over allegations of illegal retaliation.

“If it’s a civil rights action, it’s vindicating your personal right, first of all to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” Ellison told msnbc Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference here. “And it’s your individual right to say what you want. Whether or not there’s ever even a vote, you shouldn’t be fired for expressing an intent to support union activity.”

Ellison said he got the idea for the bill from a book called Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right, written by Century Foundation fellows Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit. Shortly before the book’s release in early 2012, the two authors presented a synopsis of its core argument in an op-ed for The New York Times.

“Our proposal would make disciplining or firing an employee ‘on the basis of seeking union membership’ illegal just as it now is on the basis of race, color, sex, religion and national origin,” they wrote in the op-ed. “It would expand the fundamental right of association encapsulated in the First Amendment and apply it to the private workplace just as the rights of equality articulated in the 14th Amendment have been so applied.”

The full details of Ellison’s bill remain to be seen, but the proposal set forward by Kahlenberg and Marvit would “provide that after 180 days, a plaintiff can move his or her case from [the NLRB] to federal court.” That’s how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission currently operates with regard to accusations of workplace discrimination.

Kahlenberg told msnbc that he was “delighted” by Ellison’s announcement.

“I think it’s a terrific development and Congressman Ellison’s the right person to advance this idea,” Kahlenberg said. “He has a strong record on civil rights and a strong record on labor.”

Ellison had not spoken directly with either Kahlenberg or Marvit about the idea, but Kahlenberg said he had been in contact with Ellison’s staff. According to Ellison, a recent Supreme Court decision has made it more important than ever to strengthen collective bargaining rights.

“In the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, there’s no doubt that organizing rights are under as much threat as ever,” he said. “And now even from the Supreme Court.”

Source: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/keith-ellison-union-organizing-civil-right

A Message from District Council 33 President Pete Matthews

Sisters and Brothers,

The trial of the City’s unilateral implementation lawsuit took place in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Friday, presided over by Judge Idee Fox.

In February 2013 the Mayor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant the City the ability to “unilaterally impose” the City’s “final offer” in our contract negotiations, which would have significantly reduced your overtime pay, cut your pensions, and let the City furlough each and every one of our members 15 days every year, without limit on who could be furloughed or when. The “imposed” offer, forced on the Union by the Mayor, is his attempt to end our right to negotiate a fair contract.

District Council 33′s lawyers’ strong opposition to the City’s request led the Supreme Court to deny the City’s plea last June. The Supreme Court’s ruling sent the City’s lawsuit back to Common Pleas Court for trial, and Judge Fox held trial on Friday, July 18. Lawyers for the City and District Council 33 argued the case before the Judge.

Our Executive Board members who attended were very encouraged by her questions and reaction to our lawyer’s arguments. Our lawyer, Sam Spear, submitted a 54-page brief describing why we are right and why the City’s anti-union attack, if successful, would decimate all public sector unions’ collective bargaining rights throughout Pennsylvania.

At the close of the trial and at the request of the City, the Judge allowed both sides 30 days to submit additional written findings for her consideration. Due to the complex nature of this case, the Judge’s decision is not expected to be issued for at least several months after that.

We were all extremely encouraged by what took place in the courtroom and believe we will again beat back this attempt by the City to destroy our contract and take away our members’ collective bargaining rights. On Tuesday July 22 we will continue contract negotiations with the City, fighting for our proposals to win a fair contract for all members of District Council 33.

In Solidarity,

Pete Matthews

Note: Below is a link to a story from KYW radio that gives an in-depth report of the trial.

Go To: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/07/18/city-of-philadelphia-asks-to-impose-contract-terms-in-stalled-blue-collar-talks/

Ed Rendell calls out politicians for not investing in infrastructure

By Jared Shelly

- Ed Rendell had some harsh words for politicians that don’t want to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

“We have politicians that just worry about their own survival,” the former Pennsylvania governor said during a panel discussion with the Atlantic’s Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons at the National Constitution Center on Wednesday. “The frustrating thing is that we know what to do, we just don’t have the will to do it.”

Rendell, who has made infrastructure one of his main areas of focus since he left office in 2011, said the current political landscape doesn’t allow the country to make necessary repairs to roads and bridges.

“We’ve stopped investing because of this idea that when government spends money it’s bad,” said Rendell, who referred to notes on his iPad during the presentation. He argued that infrastructure investments mean people get jobs, and structures (like roads and bridges) get the critical repairs they need.

Sponsored by Seimens, the Atlantic magazine event “Building the Future” also focused on manufacturing, something Rendell touted as a burgeoning industry — and a great career path.

“There are still 600,000 manufacturing jobs going unfilled in the United States,” said Rendell, noting that many employers can’t seem to find workers with the right skill sets.

“Do you want a great job? Do you want to be in demand? Become a manufacturing engineer,” he said.

And for those that think manufacturing is done in a dirty, smoke-filled factory are simply misinformed. These days, manufacturing is highly-skilled work, often done in clean rooms and resulting in technically advanced products. (Rendell repeatedly touted a manufactured knee replacement as a good example.)

The stereotype of dark hands and black lungs is so 1940s.

“It’s not blue collar, it’s white collar or no collar,” he said.

Another stigma also needs to be removed: The idea that science is nerdy, uncool and not for a career for women.

“If you’re a young girl going into science, don’t worry about being called a nerd,” he said. “As Bill Gates said the nerds wind up running the world.”

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/07/18/ed-rendell-calls-out-politicians-for-not-investing.html

AFL-CIO Boycott Of Staples Is Not Over: Staples And USPS Are Continuing To Privatize Postal Jobs

By The PA. AFL-CIO

- The AFL-CIO Boycott of Staples in support of the members of the American Postal Workers Union is not over. A July 14 announcement by Staples that it is terminating its no-bid contract with the United States Postal Service is a ruse, stated American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. They intend to continue to privatize retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” Dimondstein said in his announcement to ensure that there is no doubt that the Boycott of Staples continues.

In fact just a few days ago the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers officially announced their boycott of Staples and last week the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously approved the Staples Boycott. Just hours ago, AFSCME passed a resolution in support of the boycott at their convention in Chicago.

This attempt at trickery shows that the “Don’t Buy Staples” movement is having an effect. We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business. The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale. Don’t shop at Staples and sign the online petition on the American Postal Workers website, www.apwu.org

Sorce: http://www.paaflcio.org/?p=4291

Has AFSCME Found the Cure to Harris v. Quinn?

BY David Moberg

- The just-released results of a six-month initiative by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) suggest that the dark cloud cast over public sector unionism by a recent Supreme Court decision may not be so threatening after all.

Many analysts saw the court’s ruling last month in Harris v. Quinn as a profound blow to public sector unions such as AFSCME. In a case involving workers who receive state funds to provide home care for people with disabilities, the court found that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could not collect “fair share” payments from workers who declined to join the union. A significant share of public workers—especially in home care work, where workers are spread out over various workplaces—have been required to pay these reduced dues to compensate unions such as AFSCME and for their bargaining and representation work. Unions fear that in future rulings, the Supreme Court will eventually nix fair share fees for all public workers, or even all workers.

But a recent experiment by AFSCME may point the way to how unions can reduce the harmful effects of Harris.

In January, leaders of the 1.6-million-member union set a target of becoming “50,000 stronger” by the start of the convention through “internal organizing”—that is, recruiting workers who were paying “fair share” dues or nothing at all to become full-fledged, dues-paying members. What was notable about the union’s approach was that, rather than bring in professional organizers, AFSCME used volunteer member organizers (VMOs). These volunteers approached their co-workers, or those at similar workplaces, to make the case for joining the union. AFSCME, like many other unions, has used VMOs before, but never on such a large scale.

“We found that when VMOs went to workers, especially co-workers, and made the ask, people were signing up at a fantastic rate,” says AFSCME spokesperson Chris Fleming.

AFSCME unveiled the outcome of its initiative on Monday at the union’s annual convention, held in Chicago this week. With 800 VMOS doing outreach for six months, AFSCME’s internal organizing drive brought in nearly twice the goal—92,155 new, fully dues-paying members, including 20,000 home care workers in California.

At a prison in Toledo, 60 employees were non-members at the start of the internal organizing campaign. At the end, only two were still hold-outs.

AFSCME is also accelerating its new-member organizing—using VMOs whenever possible—in occupations such as emergency medical services (public and private), home care, child care and, in a few areas, such as New Orleans and Chicago, taxi drivers. The union has been organizing the first three occupations for several years, but the taxi drivers represent a new departure.

“We may be under attack, but we are not about to raise the flag of surrender,” United Domestic Workers member Viviana Saavedra, a California home care worker, told the roughly 4,000 convention delegates and alternates on Monday. “No matter what the challenges are, we must grow our union.”

“In state after state, extremist politicians are looking for any opportunity, and every opportunity, to destroy us,” AFSCME president Lee Saunders said in a speech at the convention. “But, AFSCME, their opportunity will not come. This is our time.”

AFSCME’s success in internal organizing with VMOs shows that even in the face of hostile legal and political attacks, unions have reservoirs of strength. Harris v. Quinn may even turn out to backfire on the Right by energizing union members to become much more involved in bringing in new members, both in organized and unorganized workplaces.

Source: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/16963/has_afscme_found_the_cure_to_harris

PA. AFL-CIO Announces Endorsements for 2014 General Election

- 2014 General Election

The following endorsements were made by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council.

Statewide
Office Party Candidate
Governor D TOM WOLF
Lt. Gov. D MIKE STACK

United State Congress
District Party Candidate
1 D ROBERT A BRADY
2 D CHAKA FATTAH
3 D DAN LAVALLEE
5 D KERITH STRANO TAYLOR
6 D MANAN TRIVEDI
8 D KEVIN STROUSE
11 D ANDY OSTROWSKI
12 D ERIN MCCLELLAND
13 D BRENDAN F BOYLE
14 D MIKE DOYLE
16 D TOM HOUGHTON
17 D MATT CARTWRIGHT

PA State Senate
District Party Candidate
2 D CHRISTINE M TARTAGLIONE
6 R ROBERT TOMMY TOMLINSON
8 D ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS
12 R STEWART J GREENLEAF
14 D JOHN T YUDICHAK
16 R PAT BROWNE
18 D LISA BOSCOLA
22 D JOHN P BLAKE
26 D JOHN KANE
28 D LINDA SMALL
32 D DEBERAH KULA
36 D GARY SCHRECK SCHRECKENGOST
40 R MARIO M SCAVELLO
42 D WAYNE D FONTANA
44 R JOHN C RAFFERTY JR
46 D TIMOTHY J SOLOBAY
50 D MICHAEL T MUHA

PA State House
District Party Candidate
1 D PATRICK J HARKINS
2 D FLO FABRIZIO
3 D RYAN A BIZZARRO
4 D CURT SMITH
6 D JUANITA SHUTSA
7 D MARK LONGIETTI
9 D CHRIS SAINATO
10 D JARET GIBBONS
12 D LISA ZUCCO
13 D ANN SCHOTT
14 R JIM MARSHALL
15 D PAUL CAIN
16 D ROBERT F MATZIE
17 D WAYNE E HANSON
18 R GENE DIGIROLAMO
19 D JAKE WHEATLEY
20 D ADAM J RAVENSTAHL
21 D DOM COSTA
22 D PETER SCHWEYER
23 D DAN B FRANKEL
24 D ED GAINEY
25 D JOSEPH F MARKOSEK
27 D DANIEL J DEASY JR
29 R BERNIE O’NEILL
31 D STEVE SANTARSIERO
32 D ANTHONY M DELUCA
33 D FRANK DERMODY
34 D PAUL COSTA
35 D MARC J GERGELY
36 D HARRY READSHAW
37 D BRIAN KRESGE
38 D BILL KORTZ
39 D LISA STOUT-BASHIOUM
41 D ALICE YODER
42 D DANIEL MILLER
43 D STEPHEN STONE
45 D NICK KOTIK
46 D JESSE WHITE
48 D BRANDON P NEUMAN
49 D PETER J DALEY II
50 D PAM SNYDER
51 D TIM MAHONEY
52 D AJ BONI
53 R ROBERT W GODSHALL
54 D PATRICK LEYLAND
55 D JOSEPH A PETRARCA
57 D DONNA J MCCLELLAND
58 D R TED HARHAI
61 D SUZAN G LEONARD
65 D TOBY ANDERSON
68 D JONATHAN RUTH
70 D MATT BRADFORD
71 D BRYAN BARBIN
72 D FRANK BURNS
74 D JOSH MAXWELL
76 D MIKE HANNA
77 D H SCOTT CONKLIN
81 D MIKE FLECK
83 D RICK MIRABITO
84 D KRISTEN HAYES
87 R GLEN GRELL
95 D KEVIN SCHREIBER
96 D MIKE STURLA
97 D CHARLES HAMPLE
98 D TONY CROCAMO
99 D BRYAN SANGUINITO
102 D JAKE LONG
103 D PATTY KIM
104 D GENE STILP
105 D KELLY JEAN MCENTEE
106 R JOHN D PAYNE
109 R DAVID R MILLARD
111 D JOHN HEPTIG
112 D FRANK FARINA
113 D MARTY FLYNN
114 D SID MICHAELS KAVULICH
117 R KAREN BOBACK
118 D MICHAEL CARROLL
119 D GERALD J MULLERY
120 D EILEEN CIPRIANI
121 D EDDIE DAY PASHINSKI
122 D PATTI BORGER
123 D NEAL P GOODMAN
126 D MARK ROZZI
127 D THOMAS R CALTAGIRONE
131 D MICHAEL BEYER
132 D MIKE SCHLOSSBERG
133 D DANIEL T MCNEILL
135 D STEVE SAMUELSON
136 D ROBERT FREEMAN
138 D LESLIE M ALTIERI
139 R MIKE PEIFER
140 D JOHN GALLOWAY
141 D TINA DAVIS
142 R FRANK A FARRY
143 R MARGUERITE QUINN
145 D KAREN D CHELLEW
146 D MARK PAINTER
148 D MARY JO DALEY
149 D TIM BRIGGS
150 R MIKE VEREB
152 R THOMAS P MURT
153 D MADELEINE DEAN
154 D STEVE MCCARTER
156 D SANDRA SNYDER
157 D MARIAN MOSKOWITZ
158 D SUSAN F RZUCIDLO
159 D THADDEUS KIRKLAND
161 R JOE HACKETT
162 R NICK MICCARELLI
163 D VINCE RONGIONE
164 D MARGO DAVIDSON
165 R WILLIAM F ADOLPH JR
166 D GREG VITALI
167 D ANNE R CROWLEY
168 R THOMAS KILLION
170 D BRENDAN F BOYLE
172 D KEVIN J BOYLE
173 D MIKE DRISCOLL
174 D JOHN SABATINA JR
175 D MICHAEL H O’BRIEN
176 D HOPE SMITH
177 R JOHN J TAYLOR
179 D JASON DAWKINS
180 D ANGEL L CRUZ
181 D W CURTIS THOMAS
182 D BRIAN SIMS
183 D TERRI L POWELL
184 D WILLIAM F KELLER
185 D MARIA P DONATUCCI
186 D JORDAN A HARRIS
188 D JAMES R ROEBUCK
189 D ELIZABETH LIZ FORREST
190 D VANESSA L BROWN
191 D RONALD GRANVILLE WATERS
192 D LOUISE BISHOP
194 D PAMELA DELISSIO
195 D MICHELLE F BROWNLEE
197 D LESLIE ACOSTA
198 D ROSITA C YOUNGBLOOD
199 D JILL SUNDAY BARTOLI
200 D CHERELLE L PARKER
201 D STEPHEN KINSEY
202 D MARK B COHEN

Source: http://www.paaflcio.org/?page_id=316

Teachers, Postal Workers, and Public Employees Cry Out, “The Mail Is Not For Sale”

By Matt Murray

- Last night at their bi-annual convention, the American Federation of Teachers adopted a resolution to support of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) in a national boycott Staples Inc. for their attempt to steal jobs from dedicated postal employee’s and continue the race to the bottom.

It resolves “that members of the AFT, along with friends, colleagues and family members, are urged to no longer shop at Staples stores until further notice.”

To Read The Resolution, Go To: http://www.aft.org/about/resolution_detail.cfm?articleid=19592

Staples and the USPS are set to begin pilot program in 82 retail stores that would have “postal counters” that would provide most of the safe services as a local post office. These postal counters would be staffed by Staples low-wage, non-union workers, and not by the dedicated clerks of the APWU, who take care of you at you local post office.

These postal counters could mean the end of our local post offices.

Similar resolutions were passed by the California Teachers Union, AFT Michigan, AFT Massachusetts and AFT New Hampshire asking members to shop somewhere else when it came time to buy their “back to school” supplies.

“Postal workers are the most amazing public servants,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Who does Staples really want and need to come into its stores every single day? Teachers. The best way we can help is if we say to Staples: ‘You do this to the postal workers, and we aren’t buying supplies in your stores.’”

School supplies are a key market for Staples, accounting for up to one-third of the company’s sales, according to some estimates. The company, faced with declining sales and revenue, has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015.

After adopting the resolution, AFT members joined their APWU brothers and sisters in a massive rally outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. AFT President Weingarten and thousands of AFT convention delegates joined members of the American Postal Workers Union and other community members in a rally telling the United States Postal Service and the Staples corporation that the “Mail Is Not for Sale.”

This action is a continuing part of the AFT’s effort to reclaim the promise of an America where consumers are safe, workers are valued and well trained, and middle-class jobs are protected.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein addressed the importance of America’s middle class standing together against the effort to privatize and demonize U.S. postal workers. He said, “We too are in the public sector, we too are meeting the needs of people. We’re facing some of the same problems you are—I call it divert, defund, demoralize, demonize and dismantle.”

Source: http://nhlabornews.com/2014/07/teachers-postal-workers-and-public-employees-cry-out-the-mail-is-not-for-sale/

Tom Corbett Bets His Campaign On Anti-Union Platform

By the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

- In a bizarre press conference yesterday, that drew quick condemnation from leaders in both parties, Tom Corbett announced that he had signed the budget, while issuing line-item vetoes of approximately 72 million in spending. The cuts were apparently intended to be punitive, as a reaction to the General Assembly’s refusal to pass Corbett’s signature pension reforms. In the press conference, Tom Corbett railed against unions, identifying them as ‘special interests’ who were working to block his agenda.

Corbett has yet to explain how the line-item vetoes he issued relate to the pension fight, or more importantly, how his pension plan would provide any relief to taxpayers. To learn more about why the Governor is wrong on pensions,

Pensions

By The PA. AFL-CIO

Currently there are attempts being made to replace pensions that workers have earned and contributed to. Elected officials have admitted that it is the fault of Wall Street and themselves for poor investment returns and underfunding, yet they want workers to pay for those mistakes. We must fight back with the truth.

Here are three things you should know about state employee pensions:

Employees have been paying their fair share all along, contributing between 6% and 10% of every paycheck to their pension, even when the Commonwealth and many school districts failed to make their contributions.
Politicians are trying to make public employees pay for mistakes made by the greed on Wall Street… but the changes they are proposing will actually cost the taxpayers MORE money!
Act 120, the 2010 Pension Reform Law passed with bipartisan support already reduced pension benefits and raised the retirement age for new employees. Now politicians need to fulfill their promise by honoring the commitments they made. Give Act 120 a chance to work!

The fact is that our public pension systems in PA are not facing a ‘fiscal cliff’, and there is plenty of time to allow the meaningful reforms of Act 120 to prove their value.

Check back here often and follow the blog below for updates on this critical legislative issue that affects so many working families in Pennsylvania.

Source: http://www.paaflcio.org/?page_id=158