Bill Tracker

Intellectual Disabilities Act

Posted on November 16, 2017

The Individual With Disabilities Act would be a devastating blow to members of AFSCME Council 13. This bill is being watched extremely closely as it would close homes in Pennsylvania, forcing transitions into a home- and community-based system. This bill is not about choices; it is about privatization.

House Bill 1650

House Bill 1650

“Paycheck Protection”

Posted on October 1, 2017

Senate Bills 166 and 167 are so-called “Paycheck Protection” bills, which can be more accurately described as “Paycheck Destruction” or “Paycheck Deception.” These bills would restrict the automatic deduction of union dues, fees and political contributions from all public employees’ paychecks. This is a targeted attack on public employees and union members, and is part of a broader agenda to weaken the voices of working people and their ability to collectively bargain. Automatic paycheck deductions cost the Commonwealth virtually nothing, and currently, Act 195 allows the issue of union dues deductions to be a subject of collective bargaining, it does not require it. When payroll deductions are agreed to by both Management and Labor, they must also agree to the terms of those deductions, whether it is for union dues, political contributions or fees. Since the 1970s, union dues deductions have been negotiated with Republican and Democratic administrations, and a part of every state and non-state Collective Bargaining Agreement. Senate Bill 166 and Senate Bill 167 are pushes to prohibit public employees ONLY from using payroll deductions. No other group is being singled out. Groups like health insurance providers, charitable organizations, credit unions, and other financial institutions who take payroll deductions and use those monies to participate in the political or legislative process within the Commonwealth will still be permitted to do so. Senate Bill 166 and Senate Bill 167 are nothing more than a way to silence YOUR voice, and the voices of all public employees and their rights to negotiate for fair wages, pensions and healthcare.

Liquor Privatization

Posted on October 1, 2017

The PA House passed out four liquor bills that would cost 5,000 jobs. These bills would devastate the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) just to be a one-time revenue source for the state. We must continue our fight in the Senate.

House Bill 438 & 975 & 991 & 1075

House Bill 438

House Bill 975

House Bill 991

House Bill 1075

Worker Safety

Posted on October 1, 2017

Many people, including legislators, are not aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) does not cover public sector workers. The Jake Schwab Worker Safety Bill or Public Employees OSHA would provide the public sector with those same protections.

House Bill 1082 and Senate Bill 580

House Bill 1082

Senate Bill 580

Anti-Collective Bargaining

Posted on October 1, 2017

The attacks on Collective Bargaining Agreements are just beginning. House Bill 592 and Senate Bill 168 would require a proposed collective bargaining agreement to be posted online and in newspapers with estimated costs to the general public. This would have to be done to every collectively bargained contract.

House Bill 592 and Senate Bill 168

House Bill 592

Senate Bill 168