There is a special election scheduled in west Philadelphia in the 190th District, to fill the vacancy left when state Rep. Vanessa Brown resigned.
AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding had this to say “Four years ago our labor movement had a big decision to make. Our unions needed more cooperation, transparency and leadership from the next mayor. We met together, deliberated and ultimately held a vote to endorse Jim Kenney. Since that endorsement, Mayor Jim Kenney has been proud to wave our union banner and serves our city as an uncompromising champion for working people.”
Eiding continued, “From a $15.00 minimum wage for city employees and contractors to over 150 signed project labor agreements to taking local control of our public schools, the agenda of the labor movement has been the agenda of Mayor Jim Kenney.”
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.