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
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
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13