Labor will target lawmakers who vote for pension bill

PA AFL-CIO President Bill George

Link: Labor "hit list" vowed over pension legislation in Harrisburg [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

As hundreds of police, firefighters and other municipal workers rallied yesterday at the Capitol urging defeat of House Bill 1828, legislative leaders scrambled to draft a compromise measure that House members can consider when they vote Thursday.

"People who vote for H.B. 1828 need to be on notice. They're on our hit list," Bill George, president of Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, told workers at the rally.

"Coming from South Philadelphia, I know a little bit about hit lists," said Rep. Bill Keller, D-Philadelphia. "The hit list you do not want to be on is Bill George's hit list."

An effort is under way to strike a compromise on statewide pension legislation, which would balance concerns raised by organized labor and provide relief for underfunded municipal pension systems, lawmakers said.

"It's my understanding the four caucuses are working on amendment," said Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, referring to leaders of both parties in the House and Senate.

The amendment would include a two-year exemption from state takeover for Pittsburgh, said Costa, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"We've got everybody trying to get together on a consensus document," said Johnna Pro, spokeswoman for House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia.