HARRISBURG, Pa. - September 8, 2009 Police and firefighter unions say the pension changes would
weaken members' collective-bargaining rights, while Pittsburgh
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl opposes a provision requiring a state
takeover of the city's pension plan.
The pension changes are contained in the same bill that would
allow Philadelphia to temporarily raise its sales tax and take
other steps to avoid the layoffs of thousands of city employees.
Representatives of the House Democratic majority and the Senate
Republican majority are discussing possible changes to the pension
The House vote originally planned for Tuesday has been put off
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