HARRISBURG, Pa., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David R. Fillman, Executive Director for Council 13 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has announced AFSCME Council 13's full support of House Bill #1717. State Rep. Ronald Buxton, D-Dauphin, introduced this legislation today in an effort to protect Pennsylvania workers in jeopardy of being furloughed as a result of the budget impasse. The bill is designed to be a stopgap measure that would allow the Commonwealth to pay its employees, who currently face being furloughed, through July 30, 2007. The bill is very similar to the measure used in 1991, allowing the governor to use one-twelfth of the previous fiscal year's budget to pay salaries of furloughed state employees. "Pennsylvania workers going without a paycheck to keep this stalemate going is simply not acceptable," said Fillman. "AFSCME members and their families are not bargaining chips -- they're hard working men and women who deserve better from their elected officials." Pennsylvania workers' lives have been disrupted with this impasse long enough, noted Fillman. 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. Bargaining unit members are encouraged to visit the website at AFSCME13.org for updates and frequently asked questions and answers.
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