February 13, 2017

PSEA opposes bill that eliminates minimum sick and bereavement leave

In January, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 229 - legislation that eliminates minimum sick and bereavement leave standards for Pennsylvania's educators, nurses, and support professionals.

PSEA strongly opposes this plan.

The bill interferes with school employees' collective bargaining agreements, and disproportionately affects women, who are more likely to take parental leave.

"This bill is a major step backwards, particularly for women, and lacks compassion or common sense," said PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak. "With all the problems the Legislature has to solve, it's a mystery why the Senate Education Committee made this issue a priority."

Currently, there is no additional action scheduled on SB 229. The state Legislature will return to session until mid-March.


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