Pensions

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Rick and Frank with Wolf

Legislative Recap: The 2015-2016 Session

2016 marks the end of another two-year session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The 2015-16 legislative session had both successes and setbacks for Pennsylvania’s working people.  Due to an incredible act of cooperation and collaboration between Labor leaders and legislators, progress was made in partially fixing the state’s unemployment compensation system. Read More
State Capitol

Attack On Pensions Defeated In The House – But Could Resurface

This afternoon, more than half of House Republicans joined with the entire Democratic caucus in voting down SB1071 by a final tally of 149 (N) to 52 (Y).  We would like to thank the legislators who opposed this terrible legislation today, and we would especially like to acknowledge the thousands of union members across the State who made phones calls and sent emails opposing SB1071 in the final days and hours before this critical vote. Read More
Attacks On Pensions

Urgent Action: Tell Your Rep To Oppose SB1071 – Most Dangerous Attack On Pensions Yet

The State House is currently debating SB1071, a terrible overhaul to the State’s public pension systems, which would take Pennsylvania from having one of the best pension systems in the County, to having the 3rd worst in the nation. What’s worse is that the bill would affect both future and CURRENT employees, undermining their retirement security and likely increasing the employee contribution.  Read More