In 2014, Pennsylvanian's governor, the entire House of Representatives and half of the state's senators will be up for re-election. Much rides on the outcome of the next elections. As a union, we must elect candidates who support adequate, equitable and sustainable state funding for schools, colleges and universities and state programs. Click MORE below to register to vote in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and view the 2014 election deadlines and dates.
Gov. Corbett has made "pension reform" a top priority for his administration. Both the governor and some legislators have proposed replacing "defined-benefit" pensions with risky, 401(k)-style, "defined-contribution," retirement accounts. Know the facts about school and state employee pensions. Click MORE to read and download AFTPA Pension Talking Points. Then contact your state legislators and write letters to the editors of local newspapers to protect our pensions.
Corporate tax cuts, credits and loopholes are making it impossible for Pennsylvania to pay for education, healthcare and other vital services. During the Corbett administration's mid-year budget analysis on Dec. 18, the budget secretary hinted that once again, broad-based corporate taxes aren't likely to be on the table to ease the state's budget crunch. Learn more about the state's budget projections and why AFTPA support ending corporate tax giveaways.
Gov. Corbett's top priority this session is pension "reform," which could undermine the financial security of AFT Pennsylvania members. We have to be ready to fight with everything we've got to stop legislative attacks on our pensions.
- GET THE FACTS. Read a Special Pension Edition of the AFT Pennsylvanian
- STAY INFORMED. Visit our new, Protect Our Pensions web page regularly.
- CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS. Urge them to oppose attacks on school and state employee pensions.
The Corbett administration has declared war on the teachers' and public employees' pension systems. Calling the nearly 100-year-old pension systems a "tapeworm," Gov. Corbett said pension "reform" is a top priority this year. Find out what this means for your future financial security.