Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has issued the following statement in response to news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery executives were given $4.6 million in bonuses before declaring bankruptcy:

 

“The decisionmakers at PES were closing the refinery and preparing to lay off most of the 1,100 employees, while simultaneously paying out millions in bonuses to just eight individuals. It is absolutely disgusting that these executives would lay off their employees without severance pay and health benefits, while stuffing their own pockets.

“At a time when we are fighting so hard to eradicate poverty in Philadelphia, it is disappointing to see a company act so heartless towards its employees. These families will be losing vital income and be at risk of facing astronomical costs should they need medical care without health insurance.

“The economic impact of this closure will be felt in Philadelphia for some time, but the added insult of paying out bonuses to key officials while the fire was still burning really highlights how unfairly the employees have been treated in this process.

“It shows me that there were never plans to fight for the hardworking people who kept that facility running day in and out.”