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PA legislation to give striking workers unemployment benefits passes first hurdle 

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that would give striking workers unemployment benefits.

In October, the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee advanced legislation that would allow striking workers to collect unemployment benefits. The bill comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a similar bill in September. 
New York and New Jersey are the only two states that currently allow striking workers to collect unemployment benefits, and there is no related federal law. Along with Pennsylvania, the Masschusetts state legislature is also considering similar legislation
Representative Mandy Steele, a co-sponsor of the Pennsylvania bill, said in a statement, “In light of the ongoing strike for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette union members and the high concentration of unions in western Pennsylvania, we must protect employees by making them eligible for unemployment compensation,” Steele said. “With this bill, we may ensure employees can continue to provide for themselves and their families.” 
The legislation passed the House by a vote of 106-97. 

Isabel Blank

Isabel Blank is Communications Director at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Isabel worked in media relations at Travelers Insurance and held government affairs and communications roles with Yankee Institute. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, both from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). Isabel loves Crossfit and supporting her local Connecticut breweries.