AFT Pennsylvania is watching several important bills that matter to teachers, school employees and state workers, including legislatiion to eliminate school property taxes, gut defined-benefit pensions for new teachers and state workers and eliminate seniority, union leave and mandatory 10-day sick leave for teachers.
AFT Pennsylvania opposes legislation prohibiting automatic payroll deduction of union dues or voluntary contributions for public employees. So-called paycheck "protection" shifts the balance of power by allowing unlimited corporate political spending while restricting spending on political and legislative issues by organizations representing workers.
Changes to Pennsylvania's charter reform bill are long overdue, but House Bill 97 misses the mark by a long shot. Learn more about the bill and use this link to tell your state representative to send HB 97 back to the drawing board.
AFT Pennsylvania opposes taxpayer-funded school vouchers, education scholarship tax credits (Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs), which are back-door vouchers that use tax breaks to subsidize private and parochial schools. Vouchers represent a false hope for a few children, while most vouchers/scholarships are used by students already attending private schools. Vouchers do not deliver better outcomes for students and leave fewer resources for public school programs that are proven to work.
AFT Pennsylvania's Executive Council has approved a resolution opposing legislative efforts to eliminate school property taxes across the commonwealth. The resolution was approved unanimously by the Executive Council March 10. The property tax elimination bill has not been introduced yet.
PA senators are considering a bill that removes mandatory paid sick, bereavement and sabbatical leaves from the school code, leaving them subject to collective bargaining in every school district.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a so-called "paycheck protection" bill that redefines normal union activities such as legislative advocacy and non-partisan voter registration drives as "political" and then bar unions from using automatic payroll deductions to fund those activities.
The Pennsylvania Senate and House have announced session dates for 2017, which begins the new legislative session.
AFTPA urges the legislature to enact the recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission for a formula that provides school districts with fair, adequate and predictable state education funds. Read the union's position on adequately funding public education throughout the commonwealth here.
The conventional wisdom that young workers don’t care about pensions was turned on its ear by the Great Recession. A Towers Watson survey found that people under 40 are working for and staying with employers that provide defined benefit (DB) pensions. Find out why retirement security matters to younger employees, too.