Bill requiring IFO cost estimates of collective bargaining agreements heads to the governor

Bill requiring IFO cost estimates of collective bargaining agreements heads to the governor

The Senate Wednesday concurred in House amendments to Senate Bill 644, legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that would require the Independent Fiscal Office to provide five-year cost estimates for proposed public employee contracts under the governor's jurisdiction prior to execution of agreements.

The bill now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature or veto.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Supreme Court takes case over Philadelphia teachers’ union cancelled collective bargaining agreement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday granted an appeal by the School Reform Commission and School District of Philadelphia of a Commonwealth Court holding allowing an injunction to remain in place over the SRC’s and district’s nullification of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ collective bargaining agreement.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bills aimed at more transparent collective bargaining make their way to the House Floor

Bills aimed at more transparent collective bargaining make their way to the House Floor

Two Senate bills that sponsors say would bring more transparency to collective bargaining negotiations made their way out of the House State Government Committee Tuesday morning and now head to the House Floor for consideration.

Senate Bill 644 by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would require the Independent Fiscal Office to conduct a fiscal impact study of any collective bargaining agreement before it is officially enacted.

“Senate Bill 644 represents an ongoing effort to bring openness and transparency to state government,” Sen. Folmer said of his bill. “[It] does this by focusing on the cost, not on the details associated with the Commonwealth’s collective bargaining agreements.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana, collective bargaining transparency bills advance to Senate floor

The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a trio of high-profile bills to the Senate floor Monday, moving medical marijuana legislation and two bills said to bring transparency to collective bargaining agreements to the full Senate for consideration.

Monday, May 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmaker wants to bring OSHA to PA public employers

Lawmaker wants to bring OSHA to PA public employers

Public employers are exempt from the requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the law setting minimum workplace safety requirements.

Rep. Pat Harkins (D-Erie) is trying to change that in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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