Unions, Commonwealth Sign Agreement Protecting Furloughed Workers' Benefits

Jun 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from AFSCME Council 13

    HARRISBURG, Pa., June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AFSCME Council 13, SEIU Local
 668 PSSU, and other unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania today
 signed an agreement with the Commonwealth, assuring that any workers
 furloughed in the event of a budget impasse would continue to receive
 healthcare benefits and accrue seniority and leave credit.
     "Both sides fully anticipate that the budget will be approved in time
 to avoid furloughs," said David R. Fillman, Executive Director of Council
 13 of AFSCME (The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal
 Employees), which represents more than 65,000 employees of the
     "However, our goal is to give as much protection to our workers as we
 possibly can. We feel that this agreement does that," noted Fillman.
     The agreement also states that affected employees bumping down into a
 lower classification would not experience a salary decrease.
     Web site: http://www.afscme13.org