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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2017 04:57 PM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Temporary Extension of Unemployment Compensation Benefits During a Lock Out
Please join me in sponsoring legislation introduced as Senate Bill 1175 in the 2015-2016 legislative session. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Tartaglione, Sabatina, Fontana, Teplitz, Kitchen, Brewster, Yudichak, White, Hughes, and Haywood.

The bill provides temporary extended unemployment benefits for individuals who are unemployed, through no fault of their own, due to a labor lockout, and who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits. The legislation would provide benefits that are equal to the weekly unemployment benefit amount of an individual’s most recent unemployment claim, and would apply only to those affected by a lockout.

Last year, a lengthy lock out by Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) of 1,700 United Steelworkers (USW) brought many employees and their families to the brink. Steelworkers from Western Pennsylvania mills in Brackenridge, Vandergrift, Bagdad, Latrobe, and Midland had been stopped from working since last August, 2015, their company-paid health care benefits expired in November, 2015, and many of their unemployment benefits also expired.

Attempts to negotiate a contract were rebuffed by ATI both before and after the lockout. The National Labor Relations Board found merit in complaints filed by the USW and determined the lockout to be illegal. Even though that decision paved the way for an administrative law judge to work with both parties to encourage a settlement to the dispute, too many workers continued to suffer while an agreement was being reached.

This lockout and others like it create serious financial stress for many families, merchants and affected communities. As lawmakers, we have the capability to address this problem legislatively. Extending temporary unemployment benefits for those unable to work due to a lockout will ease the burden on the workers and their families who find themselves in such a situation.

Please join me in co-sponsoring and supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as SB378