The Pennyslvania House is considering House Bill 1722, which would allow school districts to furlough teachers for "economic reasons", use state-mandated teacher evaluations as the primary factor for determining which teachers are laid off and recalled and prohibt unions from negotiating protection for temporary professional employees.
The Pennsylvania House could vote this week on the Corbett-Tobash pension bill, which would cut new employee pensions by 40 percent; eliminate health care assistance for new retirees and still not pay down the pension debt. Click here to urge your state representative to vote NO on the Corbett-Tobash hybrid pension bill.
Urge your State Senator and Representative to VOTE NO on HB 1507/SB 1034, which would outlaw payroll deductions for union dues, voluntary political contributions and fair-share fees for school and state employees and effectively silence our voices in the workplace and on public policies that affect our students, families and jobs.
The proud alumni of Perelman Jewish Day School have posted an open letter to the Board of Directors opposing the board's decision to deny their teachers the right to belong to a union. Click here to sign the moving letter from PJDS alumni now.
If you are a parent, teacher, union member or just a concerned advocate for justice, please sign the parents' MoveOn.Org petition to Board President Tracey Specter urging the board to negotiate in good faith with its teachers.
Wednesday, a 7-year-old fell ill and died at Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia, where there was no nurse on site. He is the second child has died in a Philadelphia school without a nurse on duty this year. Randi Weingarten, Ted Kirsch and Jerry Jordan sent an Open Letter to Gov. Corbett urging him to restore funding to our schools and ensure every child has a safe learning environment.
The Pennsylvania Senate is taking up a far-reaching charter reform bill that would permit unfettered charter school expansion, require 10-year charter renewals, permit colleges to authorize new charter schools without input from parents and taxpayers and undermine the financial stability of school districts.
Among Gov. Corbett's top priorities this year is pension "reform," which could undermine the financial security of AFT Pennsylvania members and their families. Public employees have continued to make their full pension payments. Let lawmakers know we support defined benefit pensions for school and state employees.
- Email your state senator and representative. Tell them to support defined-benefit pensions for school and state employees.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper using AFTPA's Pension Talking Points.
- Find out why young workers want good, old-fashioned pensions
- Read a special edition of The AFT Pennsylvania: PA'S PENSION PREDICAMENT
In 2014, Pennsylvanian's governor, the entire House of Representatives and half of the state's senators will be up for re-election. 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.