Davis requests House committee hearing about UC problems

HARRISBURG, April 20 – Addressing the backlogged and highly delayed response within the unemployment compensation system, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is calling for the House Labor and Industry Committee to hold a hearing with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak.

“As legislators, we told residents help would be available to them, and we are going to follow through on that promise,” Davis said. “My office continues to hear from residents daily who are experiencing long delays with receiving benefits during this pandemic and that alone is completely unacceptable. We need to resolve the ongoing problems plaguing the Unemployment Compensation system.”

Davis wrote a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Jim Cox requesting an immediate virtual hearing with Oleksiak.

“I think state residents deserve to know why this is taking place, especially during this pandemic. They deserve to know why the Department of Labor and Industry is struggling to provide the benefits they deserve and what it is doing to rectify this situation. This, at the very least, is owed to Pennsylvanians struggling to get by during this pandemic,” Davis said.