|Posted:||February 19, 2020 12:16 PM|
|From:||Representative Mike Zabel|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Protecting Workers and Local Economies with a State WARN Act|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will require workplaces to provide workers with a 180-day notice prior to: (1) a plant closing with 50 or more employees; or (2) mass layoffs of 500 or more employees. This legislation would aim to ensure greater workplace stability and worker security for thousands of Pennsylvania employees.
In 1988, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act was enacted to require companies with more than 100 employees working an aggregate of at least 4,000 hours per week to provide a 60-day notice of plant closing or mass layoffs. Currently, the federal WARN Act is enforced on the state level by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Sixty days does not provide sufficient lead time for employees to adjust to a major change in their employment status.
In 2019 alone, over 13,000 workers lost their jobs to factories and businesses closing across the Commonwealth. In my home county of Delaware, hundreds of employees and contractors lost their jobs when Philadelphia Energy Solutions closed this past summer.
The citizens of Delaware County and Pennsylvania deserve better protection from situations like these, where mass layoffs or a plant closing can send an economy spiraling downwards and hurt local workers and their families. As companies downsize and automate, it has never been more important to pass a statewide WARN Act to protect workers.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation to make sure we are doing the best possible job of providing workers with stability and security and protecting worker's rights.
Introduced as HB2688