AFT Pennsylvania is watching several important bills that matter to teachers, school employees and state workers, including legislatiion to eliminate school property taxes, gut defined-benefit pensions for new teachers and state workers and eliminate seniority, union leave and mandatory 10-day sick leave for teachers.
Changes to Pennsylvania's charter reform bill are long overdue, but House Bill 97 misses the mark by a long shot. Learn more about the bill and use this link to tell your state representative to send HB 97 back to the drawing board.
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.
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.