Senator Yudichak Questions L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak During Senate Committee Hearing on Unemployment Issues

Harrisburg, May 5, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) participated in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee and Senate Communications & Technology Committee hearing today on unemployment compensation issues during the COVID-19 crisis. During today’s hearing, Senator Yudichak had the opportunity to question Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.

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“A fundamental question that the Administration has failed to answer is why the experienced professionals at the Department of Labor & Industry were not fully consulted on the Governor’s executive order that shut down businesses across Pennsylvania, forcing almost 1.8 million Pennsylvanians out of work and overwhelming the unemployment compensation system,” said State Senator Yudichak.

“The Workforce Development Board, under the direction of the Department of Labor & Industry, has talented leaders from organized labor organizations and private sector industries who would have been a great resource to the Administration. They could have used the Board’s expert advice on how to safely operate businesses and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus without decimating the Pennsylvania economy.”

“The lack of a collaborative and transparent process in designing the Governor’s executive order to shut down businesses has resulted in millions of Pennsylvania families struggling with a public health crisis while they deal with the tangible human costs of a personal economic crisis.”


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