As if incoming Governor-elect Tom Corbett does not have enough to tackle when he walks through the door, he’ll now have to contend with state employee union contracts.
This will become one of the more burning issues as several of the state’s largest contracts with unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 13 are set to expire.
Outgoing Governor Rendell apparently has no interest in ironing out new contracts before he exits in mid January.
Over a dozen union contracts, representing nearly 60,000 employees will need speedy resolution and have the makings of becoming a bloody early battle.
Pennsylvania is facing as much as a $5 billion dollar deficit, and Corbett ran on a promise he would not raise taxes.
AFSCME Council 13′s Executive Director Dave Fillman told the Patriot-News his union will not “bear the brunt of expected budget cuts,” and “‘if it means ripping the guts out of this labor agreement and trying to settle the budget on the backs of employees, we will have a battle on our hands, no doubt about it.’”
(RockTheCapital.com covers politics, education, business, and the environment.)
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