As we work through a slow economic recovery, communities are continuing to face financial challenges. Your community – whether urban, suburban or rural – is dealing with, at a minimum, a tightening budget or even a bankruptcy or great financial instability. Many groups recognize a need for changes that will produce sustainable communities. There is a growing focus on the uniformed union binding arbitration process (Act 111 of 1968) and increasingly unaffordable and unsustainable uniformed union municipal pension funds. Recently, Senate Bill 1111 was proposed to amend Act 111.
In this Nov. 20 Reporters’ Series session we explore what Act 111’s police and firefighter collective bargaining includes, how it could be reformed and ideas for overhauling municipal pensions.
Teleconference is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon. Cost: $10 per phone line for PNA members. $20 for non-members. To register, email Kathleen Landis at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 717-703-3012.
The PNA Foundation is working with the Coalition for Sustainable Communities (CSC) on this Reporters’ Series session. The CSC is a growing alliance of over 35 organizations, including chambers of commerce, professional and community development groups, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. The CSC was formed in 2011 to help the Commonwealth’s urban, suburban and rural communities address growing economic and budgetary challenges by reforming the uniformed union binding arbitration process (Act 111 of 1968) and increasingly unaffordable and unsustainable uniformed union municipal pension funds.
This is another in a series of sessions being made available through the PNA Foundation’s Reporters’ Series. The Reporters’ Series is meant to provide an educational, non-partisan forum for in-depth exploration of important and timely policy issues impacting the Commonwealth. Through these inexpensive and convenient teleconference sessions, you can simply phone in and listen to experts explain the particulars of a policy topic or pending legislation. Straight facts that will help you better understand and cover an issue and its effect on your community and readers.