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                                                       PRINTER'S NO. 965

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE RESOLUTION

No. 59 Session of 2001


        INTRODUCED BY TARTAGLIONE, WAGNER, BELL, BODACK, BOSCOLA, CONTI,
           COSTA, FUMO, HOLL, HUGHES, KASUNIC, KITCHEN, KUKOVICH,
           LAVALLE, LOGAN, MADIGAN, MELLOW, MUSTO, O'PAKE, RHOADES,
           STACK, STOUT, TOMLINSON, WILLIAMS, WOZNIAK AND ERICKSON,
           MAY 2, 2001

        REFERRED TO LAW AND JUSTICE, MAY 2, 2001

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Calling upon the Governor to renew contract negotiations by
     2     entering into binding arbitration and to reward valued
     3     Commonwealth employees for their dedicated work.

     4     WHEREAS, The UFCW State Store Organizing Committee/PLCB
     5  Contract is the only unresolved collective bargaining agreement
     6  under the Governor's jurisdiction; and
     7     WHEREAS, Nearly 3,000 employees of the Pennsylvania Liquor
     8  Control Board who serve as retail clerks have been working under
     9  the extension of a collective bargaining agreement that expired
    10  on June 30, 1996; and
    11     WHEREAS, Nearly three years of negotiations and attempts to
    12  mediate between the Ridge Administration and the retail clerks'
    13  collective bargaining representatives have not resulted in a new
    14  contract; and
    15     WHEREAS, Many PLCB employees have not received a raise in
    16  over five years and some have lost important health benefits;
    17  and

     1     WHEREAS, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board profits for the
     2  fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, exceeded $74 million, and
     3  total Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board contributions to the
     4  General Fund exceeded $273 million; and
     5     WHEREAS, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board profits for the
     6  fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, increased by more than $16
     7  million to almost $83 million, and total Pennsylvania Liquor
     8  Control Board contributions to the General Fund exceeded $290
     9  million; and
    10     WHEREAS, The compensation and benefits provided to
    11  Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board clerks are provided from these
    12  contributions, not tax dollars; therefore be it
    13     RESOLVED, That Governor Ridge acknowledge the valuable work
    14  of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board retail clerks in
    15  generating income for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while
    16  maintaining integrity and conformance with the liquor laws of
    17  Pennsylvania; and be it further
    18     RESOLVED, That Governor Ridge immediately enter into binding
    19  arbitration with the collective bargaining representatives of
    20  the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board retail clerks so that an
    21  employment contract may be adopted before the end of this fiscal
    22  year.






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