Pennsylvania Under Federal Investigation

According to a recent story on WGAL, as well as anecdotal statements made by commenters, the US Department of Labor has launched an investigation into Pennsylvania’s refusal to pay its employees.

US Dept of Labor: Round One

Last weekend a number of you commented, emailed, and tweeted to let me know that the US Department of Labor did not want to hear your “short paycheck” claims.  Apparently, the DOL divides your gross pay by your hours worked, and if the resulting rate is above minimum wage, they won’t take the claim.  I…

Committee Monday

Well, this is wonderful. After failing to make any meaningful progress, our legislature has decided to form a committee on Monday.  You read that correctly; while you and I are making plans to make our car and mortgage payments, put food on the table, and keep the lights on, our legislature is forming a committee….

The Legislature Is Beginning To Notice

This past Thursday, Senator Gordner (R-Columbia) took to the floor and pointed out — finally — that requiring state employees to work without pay is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He held up a sign with the phone number for the US Department of Labor and encouraged all state employees to file…

Way To Go Joe!

In case you missed the story yesterday, Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati has told Governor Rendell “enough already”: “It is clear that the governor does not recognize that Pennsylvania families live paycheck to paycheck or he would follow the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and refrain from using payless paydays as a budgetary scare tactic,” Scarnati…

Something Happens

One of the drawbacks of working during the day is that I don’t get to update this blog continually.  As a result, most of my posts are made several days in advance and queued to publish at specified dates and times.  If a budget actually gets passed during my workday, I plan to take an…

A State Employee Tries To Stand

The ongoing Pennsylvania budget impasse has obviously been a huge topic lately. Saturday afternoon I logged into my control panel and found the below comment waiting for approval.  I contacted the author of the comment and obtained permission to publish it as a guest post. It seems as if the media coverage of the impasse…

AFSCME TV Commercial

For your weekend viewing pleasure, check out this 1970s-era AFSCME commercial.  Note that the audio is not work- or child-safe, but it’s well worth the watch.  The narration is obviously fake, but you know what?  If AFSCME really did speak with even half this conviction, we’d all be in better places right now. Enjoy. PS…

PA Budget Impasse: Ten Things

Note:  This is part of a series of posts detailing the 2009 Pennsylvania budget impasse.  To see all posts in this series, click here. With no budget in place as of 5:30 this evening, it’s looking less and less likely that one will be passed in time to avoid paycheck interruption.  Put simply, we’re about…

State Employee? The AP Wants to Hear From You

A reporter at the Associated Press is interested in speaking to state employees who are affected by the impasse.  So that he doesn’t get bombarded with spam, I’m not going to post his email address here.  Rather, please use the “Contact” link above and let me know you’d like to get in touch with him. …

Media Coverage of PA’s Budget Impasse

Note:  This is part of a series of posts detailing the 2009 Pennsylvania budget impasse.  To see all posts in this series, click here. Dear The Media, Where are you? I know that a lot of you have already run stories on Pennsylvania’s 2009 budget impasse, and that’s good.  Thanks.  This is a matter of…

Chuck Ardo is Wrong

Note:  This is part of a series of posts detailing the 2009 Pennsylvania budget impasse.  To see all posts in this series, click here. There was a very enlightening story in today’s Patriot-News.  In it, Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo is quoted as saying: “The Pennsylvania Constitution outranks federal law, and that constitution bars us from…