Bill Tracker

DEP

Posted on October 31, 2019

House Bills 1106 and 1107 would be devastating to the Department of Environmental Protection and the employees who work there. HB 1107 would force every employee to reapply for their job through a five-person commission. Council 13 strongly opposes these bills.

Save Our Centers

Posted on October 31, 2019

House Bill 1918 and Senate Bill 906 would put a moratorium on the planned closures of Polk and White Haven State Centers. Council 13 stands strongly opposed to the closures and strongly in support of these bills. Click here for more information.

Anti-Union “Transparency”

Posted on April 11, 2019

Senator Patrick Stefano introduced another anti-union “transparency” bill. Senate Bill 339 would force all public sector bargaining unit contracts, and all collective bargaining documentation, to be posted publicly. This is nothing more than a misguided attempt to make it more difficult for unions to negotiate fair contracts for their members.

Senate Bill 339

Senate Bill 339

Minimum Wage

Posted on April 11, 2019

Senator Christine Tartaglione introduced Senate Bill 12, and Representative Patty Kim introduced House Bill 1215, which would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12.00, with a path to $15.00 within three years. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stagnant for the last 10 years. The proposal would also increase tipped wage for restaurant workers from $2.83 to $12.00. Raising the wage will lift wages for 2.1 million Pennsylvanians.

Card Check

Posted on April 11, 2019

House Bill 1178 and Senate Bill 222 would provide bargaining units access to new employee orientation. The bills would also make it easier for public employees to form a collective bargaining unit provided a majority of the unit would like to be represented.

Anti-Union

Posted on March 5, 2019

Senator Scott Martin introduced Senate Bill 371, and Representative Kate Klunk introduced House Bill 785, which would outlaw Fair Share fees in the public sector in Pennsylvania, even though the United States Supreme Court already did that with its ruling on Janus v. AFSCME. The bill’s true purpose is to notify union-represented employees of their ability to drop their membership under the guise of First Amendment rights, but it would not equally notify employees of their ability to join the union or the many advantages of doing so. SB 371 and HB 785 are just the latest attempts to weaken the ability of working Pennsylvanians to organize and collectively bargain. AFSCME Council 13 strongly opposes these bills.

Re-certification Act

Posted on February 14, 2019

This ALEC model bill that Representative Seth Grove has introduced forces re-certification elections. The bill was sent to House Labor and Industry. The bill would force the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to conduct a secret ballot election within one year for all public sector bargaining units. After that vote, the bargaining unit must be re-certified every six years. This is an obvious attempt to make it more difficult for unions to retain and represent their members.

House Bill 478

House Bill 478

Worker Safety

Posted on February 14, 2019

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