Legislation Quick Search
08/16/2022 05:59 AM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Home / House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 20, 2019 01:37 PM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller
To: All House members
Subject: UC Eligibility for Striking Workers
Undertaking a strike is a serious decision that a union and its members do not make lightly and usually comes after any negotiations have reached a standstill. When this type of impasse is reached, I believe these striking workers should not be denied unemployment compensation, as many months can pass until a negotiation is settled. While this situation is not ideal for both employees AND employers, employers can hire temporary replacement workers, while striking employees must simply “stick it out” and wait for a resolution to be reached.

I believe the right thing to do is to offer striking employees the same eligibility status as any other eligible worker who meets all other requirements under our UC Act.

My bill amends Section 401 of the UC Law by allowing a claimant, who files a UC claim and meets the existing eligibility provisions, to be eligible for UC benefits if the claimant is unemployed due to stoppage of work caused by a labor dispute. In the case of a strike, there shall be a 30-day waiting period, but the waiting period shall not apply in the event of a lockout.

Our neighbors in New York and New Jersey have laws on their books that allow for this. I believe we should follow suit.

Please consider co-sponsoring this pro-worker bill.

View Attachment

Introduced as HB1865