Following the paycheck deception vote in the Senate, Tom Herman, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU PA State Council and President of SEIU Local 668, issued the following statement:
“It’s no surprise that the state Senate, under the thumb of ultimate-insider Senator Scott Wagner, is choosing to run a piece of legislation that will silence the voice of working people across Pennsylvania. Scott Wagner is responsible for furloughing more than 500 unemployment compensation workers, and would rather they did not have a voice to fight back against his egregious actions.
“The Wagner Senate, having run on making things better for working people, has spent its first few weeks silencing worker voices, taking away paid sick leave benefits, restricting access to reproductive health-care, and imposing financial sanctions on cities that treat immigrant communities fairly. Meanwhile, there has been no Senate movement to find a path to a $15 minimum wage, holding corporations accountable, or a finding a solution to protect funding for education, human services, and seniors.”