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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds Wolf’s Line-Item Veto Of Mike Turzai’s “Garbage” Budget

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder share Governor Wolf’s frustration and anger towards the Republican leadership in the State House, who decided last week to leave town rather than finish their work on the long-overdue budget. By using his authority to veto portions of the GOP’s out-of-balance budget – rather than vetoing it in its entirety – Wolf is ensuring that badly needed funding will begin to flow to schools and cash-strapped county agencies and non-profits while still demanding that the legislature return to session and pass a balanced budget that addresses the significant needs of the Commonwealth. Read More
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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