Mullery requests House committee hearing about UC problems

HARRISBURG, April 17 – Frustrated with the continued backlogs and delayed response in the unemployment compensation system, state Rep. Gerald Mullery is seeking a meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss the situation.

“It is imperative that we as legislators learn exactly what is going with the UC system, because I am hearing daily from frustrated constituents who either cannot get through on the phone or who are experiencing long delays with receiving benefits during this pandemic,” Mullery said.

Mullery wrote a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Jim Cox requesting an immediate virtual hearing with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak.

“The people of Pennsylvania deserve answers about his department's failures relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we request answers and information related to the department's actions, or rather inaction, following the spike in unemployment claims and its failure to develop a timely system for application and disbursement of pandemic unemployment assistance benefits,” said Mullery, a member of the House Labor and Industry Committee.

“My colleagues and I have been struggling to answer constituent complaints about delays in the unemployment compensation system and the department’s inability to structure an application process for PUA benefits. Some people have been waiting for four weeks to acquire the information needed to file and receive benefits. People have been unable to pay their bills, pay for food, or pay for medications. We need answers now.”