State Employees Union Leader Supports House Bill-1717

Jul 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from AFSCME Council 13

    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 for updates and frequently asked questions and answers.