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.
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.
AFT Pennsylvania routinely watches numerous bills in the PA Legislature that have an impact on our schools and our jobs. Use this link to learn more about the disposition of bills that AFTPA has followed during the 2015-2017 legislative session.
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.
Most Pennsylvanians don't know that school, college and other public employees contribute to their pensions or that defined-benefit pensions like the ones PSERS and SERS members have are more less expensive for taxpayers and keep retired public employees off of public assistance. Read more AFTPA Pension Talking Points and share the information with friends, family members, co-workers and lawmakers.
Click here to find out 5 things you can do to protect public employee pensions.