State Employees Union Leader Calls Budget Impasse 'Disgraceful'
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This morning Pennsylvania employees will be getting furlough notices going into effect 12:01 AM on Monday, July 9th. "The Legislators have it backwards," said David R. Fillman, Executive Director for Council 13 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, "the Legislators should be furloughed for not doing their job, and the hard-working Commonwealth employees should stay on." AFSCME Council 13 represents more than 45,000 state employees. Over 16,000 of these employees are considered 'non-critical' and subject to be furloughed Monday if the budget isn't passed. "There's a rumor out there, claiming that furloughed employees would not be eligible for their July bonus recently negotiated in the new contract. This is absolutely untrue," said Fillman. In addition, furloughed employees will continue to accrue seniority and health care benefits will remain in effect. "Partisan finger-pointing will not pass this budget for Pennsylvania workers and their families," said Fillman. "Legislators need to pass this budget and pass it today." AFSCME members negotiated and ratified a new labor agreement 6 months before the expiration date, yet the Legislatures can't pass a budget before June 30th, Fillman noted. Bargaining unit members are encouraged to visit the website at http://www.AFSCME13.org for updates and frequently asked questions and answers.
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