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
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