State Senator John DiSanto will soon reintroduce SB113, legislation to strengthen the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees that are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.
This legislation closes a loophole that allowed convicted former state Sen. Robert Mellow to have his $245,000 a year pension restored despite a guilty plea and serving prison time on federal conspiracy charges–which currently is regarded as a non-pension forfeiture crime. This is just one of many examples of public officials betraying the citizens and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.
By Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME
Have you been contacted by a group called the Freedom Foundation?
Don’t be confused by their name — they’re interested in crushing your freedom, not defending it. They’re one of the anti-worker groups (funded by billionaires like the Koch brothers) spending tens of millions of dollars contacting us and trying to trick us into quitting our unions.
Have you heard from them? We want to know. Click here and let us know what you’ve experienced, so we can track these anti-union groups and their dirty tricks.
They might be targeting you online with ads on your computer. They might be emailing you, sending you mail, or calling you on the phone. They might even have shown up at your door.
They could be calling themselves by a different name — like “The Buckeye Institute,” “The Illinois Policy Center,” “Liberty Justice Center,” “Mackinac Center for Public Policy,” or the “Commonwealth Foundation.”
No matter what misleading name they picked for themselves, their agenda is the same: Trick AFSCME members into leaving our union — so working families lose our seat at the table, and the same corporate fat cats funding these attacks grow richer and richer.
To fight back against their propaganda, we need to know what they’re up to. That’s where you come in:
Click here to fill out our “scam tracker” form and report any contact you’ve received from these anti-union groups.
Thanks for helping us keep an eye on these con artists.
AFSCME Secretary Treasurer Elissa McBride discussed the importance of attending the Labor United to Free the Children rally at a press conference in Philly. The rally calling for change in US immigration policies is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, at 4 pm on Penn’s Landing. Organizers say thousands are expected to attend.
Take a look at a quick summary of the hearing.
Listen to a sound bite from DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor.
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