Delloso, Policy Committee examine jobs, labor market

ESSINGTON, Oct. 3 – State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at IAM AW Local Lodge 1776 on jobs and the labor market.

Delloso requested the hearing to discuss ways Pennsylvania can improve the job market. Delloso was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“The state of our unions and our skilled labor force in Delaware County is strong,” Delloso said. “Unfortunately, the region just suffered a hit with the closing of Philadelphia Energy Solutions and a loss of most of its 1,100 jobs. We’ve seen the closing of, what was, the largest refining complex on the East Coast. So as much as we’d like to report progress, we can’t report progress at the rate we want to see.”  

Sturla added: “As we’ve heard today, there’s no reason why this region of the state should not be a logistics hub for the entire Northeast. The region has the infrastructure and workforce in place for even more economic growth.”

Testifiers before the committee included Bill Gross, director of the Bureau of Mediation, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and local labor leaders.

The meeting was one in a series held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on legislation that promotes good jobs, affordable and accessible health care, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4PA.com. Hearing testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.