For Immediate Release:
Feb. 6, 2018
SEIU PA State Council Responds to Governor Wolf’s Budget Address
Harrisburg — Following Governor Wolf’s annual budget address, leaders of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council released the following statement:
“For the last three years, SEIU members from across the state have fought alongside Governor Tom Wolf for fair budgets that have reversed the Corbett-era cuts to education and helped to restore funding to human services. Despite a recalcitrant, anti-worker General Assembly, we have invested nearly $1 billion in education and have stopped balancing the budget through cuts to critical services that Pennsylvanians depend on.”
“Now, the General Assembly has a choice. They can make additional investments into the Commonwealth’s future by passing common-sense revenue measures, like raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and passing the shale tax that was one final vote shy of passage last year. Or, the General Assembly can choose to side with the corporate special interests who are holding both these initiatives back.”
“Also during this budget season, the General Assembly could do right by Pennsylvania’s working families and reverse course on its decade-long attempt to decimate labor rights. Instead, members of the General Assembly should work alongside Governor Wolf to ensure Pennsylvania workers are afforded the opportunity to both join and form unions. Not only will this help more Pennsylvanians enter the middle-class, it is a sure fire way to increase wages and relieve pressure on the state budgeting process.”
This statement is attributable to Gabe Morgan, President of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and Vice President of SEIU Local 32BJ, Matt Yarnell, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668, and David Melman, Manager of the Joint Board of Workers United.