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.
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13