State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. William Keller

Chairman, Labor and Industry Committee



Democratic Policy Committee examines Pa.’s jobs outlook


PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from labor leaders at a public hearing in Philadelphia to on the status of Pennsylvania’s work force and unemployment in the Commonwealth, said Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.


State Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila., the Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, served as the hearing co-chair.


“In the aftermath of Governor Corbett’s state budget, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate consistently ticked upwards for months,” Sturla said. “Today’s hearing focused on ways the Commonwealth can create and retain family sustaining jobs, and get our state’s residents back to work, which will aid in Pennsylvania’s economic recovery.”


“Jobs for Pennsylvania workers should be the number one priority of lawmakers,” Keller said. “Yet the legislative leaders who control the voting schedule have taken their eye off this important issue in pursuit of other goals. I suggested a public hearing so we can put jobs at the forefront and hear from people who can articulate the jobs crisis in our state and help lay out the steps needed to get people back to work.”


Testifiers at the hearing included: Gabe Morgan, state director of SEIU 32BJ and president of SEIU State Council; Liz McElroy, assistant to the president, Philadelphia AFL-CIO; and Jonathan Stein, general counsel, Community Legal Services.  A public comment period was available for those in attendance.


For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit