Municipal Government, National

Pennsylvania Unemployment Workers Get Laid Off

December 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Gov. Tom Wolf

Harrisburg, PA – More than 500 workers in the state’s unemployment-compensation program lost their jobs Dec. 19, as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration closed three of the program’s call centers, in Allentown, Altoona, and Lancaster, and laid staff off at the other five.

Wolf, a Democrat, blamed Republicans in the state Senate, who adjourned for the year without appropriating $58 million he said was needed to maintain staffing levels. Senate Republicans said the governor hadn’t given them enough details about how the money would be spent. Some of the workers have filed appeals with the State Civil Service Commission, saying that their work is necessary and there are funds available to pay them. The commission will hear those appeals at its meeting next month, spokesperson Jack McGettigan told the York Dispatch. The Department of Labor’s call centers in Duquesne, Indiana, Erie, and Scranton will remain open, as will the one at its main offices in Harrisburg. Read more

December 26, 2016

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