The Pennsylvania Senate passed a so-called "paycheck protection" bill that redefines normal union activities such as legislative advocacy and non-partisan voter registration drives as "political" and then bar unions from using automatic payroll deductions to fund those activities.
PA senators are considering a bill that removes mandatory paid sick, bereavement and sabbatical leaves from the school code, leaving them subject to collective bargaining in every school district.
AFT Pennsylvania's Executive Council has approved a resolution opposing legislative efforts to eliminate school property taxes across the commonwealth. The resolution was approved unanimously by the Executive Council March 10. The property tax elimination bill has not been introduced yet.
AFTPA urges the legislature to enact the recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission for a formula that provides school districts with fair, adequate and predictable state education funds. Read the union's position on adequately funding public education throughout the commonwealth here.
Know the facts about school and state employee pensions. Click MORE to read and download AFTPA Pension Talking Points. Then contact your state legislators and write letters to the editors of local newspapers to protect our pensions.
Click here to find out 5 things you can do to protect public employee pensions.