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Rep. Fiedler launches fight for Fair Workweek for all Pennsylvanians

Fiedler announces legislation to establish $125M program to remove toxic conditions from public schools

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler today announced she will re-introduce legislation to establish a $125 million grant program to fund emergency repairs at public schools across the C ommonwealth . “Many schools across Philadelphia and Pennsylvania include asbestos, lead and other toxins,” Fiedler said. “Our children, teachers and their families are facing a public health emergency. It is a moral outrage every day that goes by without addressing these conditions! “This funding will allow public school districts to remediate issues that endanger our children and our educators ,” Fiedler said. “ This emergency funding is needed to address a true emergency in our schools, it is by no means a fix for the dramatic and repeated underfunding of our public schools. It will simply help to ensure our school buildings do not pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of students and teachers.” Fiedler and colleagues, with labor, education and community partners, are holding a rally to demand action on toxic conditions in schools at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. Students, teachers, staff, parents, union leaders and legislators are expected to attend from across the state to call for the bill’s passage. “Everyone who cares about having safe and healthy school Read more

 

Fiedler applauds local community garden on receiving $53K state grant

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society received a $53,157 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development for renovations to the Emily Street Garden in South Philadelphia’s 184 th Legislative District. Funds are provided through the department’s Local Share Account – Philadelphia Program, or LSA, and will be used to renovate the Growing Home Community Garden, located at 728-742 Emily Street. The garden serves as an essential resource for the hundreds of Burmese and Bhutanese refugees residing in South Philadelphia to cultivate culturally significant healthy and affordable produce. “This local community garden has been integral in helping South Philly’s Burmese and Bhutanese communities rekindle pieces of their respective cultures in a foreign environment,” Fiedler said. “Congratulations to the Growing Home Community Garden for receiving this grant to help continue its purpose of cultural preservation through agriculture.” LSA distributes a portion of slot machine license fees from facilities operating in the city. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Fiedler applauds VietLead for receiving $2,500 in first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced that a $2,500 state grant is headed to VietLead in South Philadelphia’s 184 th Legislative District. The grant, funded by the state’s first-of-its-kind Urban Agriculture Grants program, will be used for low tunnels, irrigation, refrigerator, and greenhouse supplies to support Philadelphia’s Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities to cultivate culturally significant crops. “VietLead has been instrumental in supporting the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in the district and throughout the city,” Fiedler said. “These grants will help VietLead continue their mission of cultural preservation through agriculture.” In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides micro grants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding for projects that demonstrate cooperative, or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding approved will benefit dozens of projects across the state. Read more

 

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Joining advocates, former recipients of General Assistance and state senators, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Melissa Shusterman and Elizabeth Fiedler repeated the call for the General Assembly to restart the program that many vulnerable residents depended on in the commonwealth. “Ending General Assistance was one of the cruelest legislative decisions that has been made in this body since I became a member. There is no logical excuse or argument for denying support for the most vulnerable communities when they needed it most. It was like kicking them while they’re down,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “That is why I’ve introduced House Bill 1709 to bring this vital resource back. I’m urging my colleagues across the aisle to understand the severity of the harm this has caused for Pennsylvania families and fix it now.” Kenyatta is the main sponsor of H.B. 1709, which would provide emergency relief to those Pennsylvanians who previously received support through the General Assistance Fund. The program provided $200 a month in cash assistance to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, victims of domestic violence and those receiving treatment for substance abuse, among others. In June, the General Assembly voted to end the program, despite the pleas from many, including Kenyatta and Shusterman, Read more

 

9/4/19 – School Building Toxic Conditions & Emergency Funding – Philadelphia

(Sep 05, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler. Read more

 

Fiedler, Policy Committee examine school building toxic conditions and emergency funding

(Sep 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on toxic conditions in school buildings and emergency funding at the Horace Furness High School. Fiedler requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to improve conditions in Philadelphia schools for students and staff. The hearing ended with a tour of the high school to see the conditions firsthand. Legislators from across the state joined Fiedler, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Nearly half of the school buildings in Philadelphia are decades old with antiquated systems, including heating, cooling, lighting and electrical. These basic comforts are in dire need of replacement. In addition, these buildings have mold and other hazards that are creating serious health problems for our children,” Fiedler said. “We need to come up with policies that will ensure our schools receive adequate funding, so our children receive a quality education in hazard-free and safe environments.” Sturla added, “The children in Philadelphia and throughout the commonwealth should not have to learn in unhealthy and outdated conditions. The House Democratic Caucus seeks to provide all students with a high-quality education, so they are prepared to either go on to an institution of higher education or to join the workforce. I thank Representative Fiedler for her leadership in spotlighting Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion

(Aug 16, 2019)

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It's time to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

(Jul 26, 2019)

Every state around Pennsylvania has raised its minimum wage. Here in Pennsylvania, it's been more than a decade since we increased minimum wage. It's time we take action. Read more

 

Help for those losing General Assistance

(Jul 26, 2019)

General Assistance serves about 11,000 people across the state, including many of our neighbors in South Philly. It’s a vital program I fought to save, but despite our best efforts, the program will end Aug. 1. The PA Department of Human Services 2-1-1 hotline can connect you with local services that may be able to provide assistance. My staff is also available to help in our office at 9th & Ritner, by phone at (215) 271-9190 or RepFiedler@pahouse.net Read more

 

Fiedler: corporations like PES must be held accountable to workers, nearby residents

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – The recent Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery fire and subsequent expected closure of the site have sent shockwaves across the Philadelphia region, where state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., whose district includes both refinery workers and residents living near the refinery, has been working to craft solutions to the economic and environmental impact on workers and the nearby community. She issued the following statement: “We need to make sure these refinery workers are made whole. We need to hold the corporations that operate in our state accountable for their duty to both the workers, whose labor they profit from, and the land that’s been polluted for decades. Additionally, we need to make sure the community gets a responsible neighbor that doesn’t endanger their health and safety. We can no longer allow big corporations to divide working people, while also presenting us with false and dangerous ultimatums, such as putting food on the table or polluting the air our children breathe. “We need to demand better- together- as strong supporters of unions, of environmental justice and as leaders who are committed to the future. This includes a determination to bring more jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency to Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth. We can and must do all these things!” Read more

 

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure

(Jun 27, 2019)

State legislators from Philadelphia, including Rep. Jordan Harris, House Democratic Whip, Sen. Anthony Williams, Senate Democratic Whip, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Sen. Larry Farnese, Senate Democratic Secretary, and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, issued the following statement on the announced closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery:“The explosion and subsequent fire at the PES refinery last week sent a shockwave, both literally and figuratively, through our community. The announcement of the closure of the refinery is another blow to the thousands of workers who earn a living and support their family through their hard work in South Philadelphia. Read more

 

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature

(Jun 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 26 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Elizabeth Fiedler, all D-Phila. and leaders of the House Philadelphia Delegation, today said they will continue their fight to save the General Assistance program and help people living in poverty, despite the many roadblocks being put up by Republican leaders in this month’s state budget debate. Last week the House passed legislation (H.B. 33) that would eliminate Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, which provides about $200 per month to people who are temporarily or permanently unable to work because of disability or other hardship and costs the state about $50 million per year. Every Democrat but one voted against the measure. It passed the Senate today also along party lines, 26-24. “House Democrats put up nearly 30 amendments last week to save this lifeline for the more than 10,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to afford the most basic of necessities,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “But our efforts to save it and help the most vulnerable among us continue to be met with indifference and derision by the Republican-led majority.” Kenyatta, vice chairman of the delegation, praised his Senate colleagues for attempting to offer the same amendments to save the program as House Democrats and denounced GOP tactics in both chambers. He said Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati today ruled Senate Read more

 

Fiedler Fights To Protect PA’s General Assistance Program

(Jun 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler joined colleagues and advocates to fight and protect Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program. She explains why this lifeline is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Fiedler joins legislators, local officials to announce legislation to fund Philadelphia school repairs

(May 29, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, along with other legislators and local officials, today announced legislation that would invest $85 million to make critical repairs to school buildings in Philadelphia. “Our children spend their days in leaking buildings surrounded by lead, rodents and outdated electrical systems. They get a very clear message: our society does not value them in the same way it values children in richer parts of our state,” Fiedler said. “As they grow up, this knowledge is buried deep into their understanding of the world. It is long past time for us adults to change that. That’s what our legislation is aimed at doing.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Vincent Hughes, proposes half the $170 million that the Fund our Facilities Coalition said is needed to address the immediate safety and health issues in the school buildings, and to ensure they are safe, clean and healthy. Fiedler said she plans on introducing companion legislation in the House. The Fund our Facilities Coalition kicked off its work during a news conference in Fiedler’s South Philadelphia district , outside Francis Scott Key Elementary, which is the school district’s oldest school. Read more

 

Rep. Fiedler launches fight for Fair Workweek for all Pennsylvanians

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Flanked by a strong contingent of labor unions, lawmakers and advocates, state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today launched the fight to ensure reasonable and predictable work schedules for Pennsylvanians. Fiedler is introducing legislation – Fair Workweek PA -- that would put Pennsylvania workers first, ensuring employees of large hospitality, food service, and retail companies receive two weeks’ notice of their work schedules and that these employees are compensated when their schedules are changed at the last minute. “This bill puts workers first,” Fiedler said. “Two weeks’ schedule notice is common sense. When people have predictable work schedules, they can schedule doctors’ appointments, child care and college classes. Workers with predictable schedules also can set a household budget and stick to it, confident that they’ll actually be paid the money they already budgeted for rent, groceries and child care.” Fiedler said, “Reducing workplace instability, preventing last-minute schedule changes, and adding predictability for hours and wages are reasonable things for workers to expect.” Fiedler said her bill would have a significant impact on the daily lives of Pennsylvanians and on challenges facing the commonwealth: helping to combat poverty and improve the health and economic stability of families. Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 states with the highest Read more

 

Fiedler signs brief supporting AG lawsuit against UPMC

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler D-Phila., signed a legal brief filed this week by the House Democratic Caucus supporting the state Attorney General’s lawsuit against UPMC. The lawsuit seeks to modify and indefinitely extend the UPMC-Highmark Health consent decrees that expire June 30. “It is critically important that we make sure everyone has access to high quality medical care. Letting the consent decrees expire will jeopardize patient choice and hurt patient care. I’m proud to be fighting to urge the court to step in and force UPMC to do the right thing,” Fiedler said. Shapiro originally filed the lawsuit to modify the consent decrees in February, arguing that as a charitable organization, UPMC has an obligation to protect patients’ access to affordable care and to facilities that patients have funded through their own tax dollars. In early April, Shapiro filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asking it to either expedite review of the consent decrees before the June 30 expiration date or issue an order to keep the decrees in place while the lawsuit is decided. The House Democratic Caucus amicus curiae brief provides additional support for the lawsuit. On Wednesday, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit UPMC had filed against the attorney general challenging his authority to modify the consent decrees. Read more

 

Fiedler joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Pennsylvania imports a huge amount of solid waste from New Jersey and New York. The transportation, handling and disposal of this enormous amount of waste into our state has a negative impact on Pennsylvania residents and our natural resources,” said Fiedler, D-Phila. “I am committed to safeguarding the health and safety of residents and making sure our natural resources are protected.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and Read more

 

Fiedler Fights to Support Rights of Incarcerated Women

(Apr 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler joined colleagues and advocates to introduce a package of bills aimed at bringing dignity to incarcerated women. She explains how her legislation would give them the tools needed to turn their lives around, re-enter society, and succeed. Read more

 

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. “As chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I traveled to SCI-Muncy last year, which is one of the two state prisons that house female inmates, and heard the cries for help,” Cephas said. “The visit made me realize that while I'm proud of the significant strides we've seen in our fight for criminal justice reform, we must include our women and girls of color in the bipartisan discussion. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. According to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, the number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970. Furthermore, a majority are accused of non-violent offenses. What's often ignored by our criminal justice system, though, is the fact female offenders have vastly different needs and experience different stresses compared to men.” Cephas plans to introduce two bills: one would create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the other bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on healthcare screenings and care services they provide to the House Health and Human Services committees and the Senate Health and Human Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

Fiedler announces legislation to establish $125M program to remove toxic conditions from public schools
Nov 21, 2019

Fiedler applauds local community garden on receiving $53K state grant
Nov 01, 2019

Fiedler applauds VietLead for receiving $2,500 in first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants
Oct 04, 2019

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund
Sep 24, 2019

9/4/19 – School Building Toxic Conditions & Emergency Funding – Philadelphia
Sep 05, 2019

Fiedler, Policy Committee examine school building toxic conditions and emergency funding
Sep 04, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion
Aug 16, 2019

It's time to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania
Jul 26, 2019

Help for those losing General Assistance
Jul 26, 2019

Fiedler: corporations like PES must be held accountable to workers, nearby residents
Jun 27, 2019

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure
Jun 27, 2019

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature
Jun 26, 2019

Fiedler Fights To Protect PA’s General Assistance Program
Jun 05, 2019

Fiedler joins legislators, local officials to announce legislation to fund Philadelphia school repairs
May 29, 2019

Rep. Fiedler launches fight for Fair Workweek for all Pennsylvanians
May 01, 2019

Fiedler signs brief supporting AG lawsuit against UPMC
Apr 29, 2019

Fiedler joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Fiedler Fights to Support Rights of Incarcerated Women
Apr 01, 2019

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.
Mar 27, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019