Daley, Policy Committee highlight the importance of unions at public hearing

PLYMOUTH MEETING, April 24 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the UFCW Local 1776 Meeting Hall titled, “Why Unions?” focusing on the role unions play in protecting workers’ rights.

Daley requested the hearing to bring together her legislative colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and stakeholders to discuss the need unions play for workers.

"Basic worker rights such as the 40-hour work week, workplace safety regulations, child labor laws and much more. It’s important that we recognize as the workforces evolve and times change, that we must keep up with the times and provide protections workers drastically need,” stated Daley.

“Last year, CEO wages went up nearly 18 percent while worker wages stayed stagnant. Unions help to ensure that hardworking men and women are paid family-sustaining wages. When we allow CEOs and big companies to pay low wages, we’re giving them a free pass while their workers must rely on state assistance just to get by,” explained Sturla. “I’m happy to stand with Rep. Daley to support unions and workers who help boost Pennsylvania’s economy.”

The committee heard testimony from: Gerald Oleksiak, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; and a panel of unions including: Wendell Young IV, President, United Food & Commercial Workers Local #1776’ Korri Brown, Vice President, Pennsylvania State Education Association; Maureen May, President, PASNAP; Sue Swift, President, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Chapter of Nurses United; Bob Creswell, Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98; and Chad Trainer, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools, and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

Testimony and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.