Training workers of the future focus of Neilson’s Policy Committee hearing

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on workforce development at the UA Steamfitters Local 420 Hall.

Neilson requested the hearing to discuss efforts to recruit and train a workforce prepared for quality-wage jobs. Legislators from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, joined Neilson for the policy discussion.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to bring my colleagues to talk about how we can help train Pennsylvania’s future workforce. We have an obligation to educate the future electricians, builders, and plumbers. These are jobs that fuel our economy and communities, and can’t be outsourced,” explained Neilson. “It’s also imperative that moving forward, we are following the latest safety measures and taking code enforcement seriously. Workers take uninhabitable places and make them homes and businesses for generations to come. Let’s make sure we’re educating the public about the opportunities available for building a better future for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.”

Sturla added: “As we work on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, we’re working hard to learn more how we can equip businesses with a well-trained workforce prepared to carry out the needs of the future. When we create quality educational opportunities for the trades, we create family-sustaining careers that can’t be outsourced. Thanks to Representative Neilson for his meaningful work with unions to make sure their voices and needs are heard.”

Testifiers included Ryan Boyer, president of Philadelphia Building Trades; Pete Klein, director of training, Steamfitters Local Union 420; Don Sweeten, training coordinator/financial secretary, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692; Brian Murphy, assistant coordinator/director of apprentice & training, IUOE 542 JATC, and other local building trade representatives.

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools, and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

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