Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Labor & Industry Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that he has been appointed the Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. 

Mullery, who has been a longtime advocate for workers’ rights, said this will give him the opportunity to provide a bigger role in the crafting of meaningful and beneficial legislation for Pennsylvania workers. 

“I am truly honored and excited because this gives me a greater voice for each and every one of our hard workers from Luzerne County and all across the commonwealth,” Mullery said. “Our workers provide the backbone of our local and state economies and it is critical that they have fair wages, benefits and safe work environments. 

Mullery was named the Democratic chair by House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. 

The Labor and Industry Committee reviews legislation on issues such as the state’s minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, building and construction codes, and workplace health and safety. The committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Labor and Industry, State Civil Service Commission, Labor Relations Board, Unemployment Compensation Appeals Board of Review, Industrial Board, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, and the Office for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.