Unions Reassure PA State Workers, No Lapse in Benefits If Budget Stalls
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor unions representing Pennsylvania state employees remain highly optimistic that a budget will be in place by July 1. The unions are now working with the Commonwealth to calm the fears of workers who recently received notices of their "furlough status" in the event of a budget impasse. "One of the biggest concerns of our members was the possible loss of healthcare benefits," said David R. Fillman, Executive Director for Council 13 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which represents more than 45,000 state employees. "We are working out an agreement where healthcare benefits will continue for all furloughed employees." In addition, furloughed employees will continue to accrue seniority, and those who are temporarily transferred into lower job classifications will not receive a decrease in pay, Fillman noted. "There's a rumor out there, claiming that furloughed employees would not be eligible for their July 1 or January 1 increment increases. This is absolutely untrue," said Fillman. Web site: http://www.afscme13.org
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13
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