Senator John Yudichak Statement Regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike Layoffs

Harrisburg, June 15, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) offered the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s plan to layoff at least 500 employees as part of its switch to an all-electronic tolling system.

“William Hamilton, Teamsters International Vice President-East, testified today that the Administration offered no direct workplace safety guidelines to turnpike workers in the last ninety days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but are now using the pandemic as the key reason five hundred turnpike workers will lose the jobs with an abrupt move to automated electronic tolling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“With the closure of White Haven Center and SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, and now the termination of five hundred turnpike workers we see the continuation of a pattern of behavior that signals a deliberate and complete disregard for working families by an Administration that chooses unilateral action over the path of collaboration with the legislature and the unions who represent hard working state workers.”

The Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Labor and Industry Committee held a joint hearing on the layoffs today.

 

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