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Working Men and Women stand with John Callahan for Congress- Callahan announces 31 labor endorsements

08.17.10

Working Men and Women stand with John Callahan for Congress

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Callahan announces 31 labor endorsements

BETHLEHEM, PA. - Today Mayor John Callahan unveiled 31 endorsements from labor organizations in his campaign for Congress. These unions represent a grassroots network of thousands of working men and women in the Lehigh Valley who will volunteer and play an instrumental role in delivering Mayor Callahan’s message to voters.

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of the working men and women of the Lehigh Valley,” said Mayor John Callahan. “Congressman Dent has repeatedly voted to support corporate special interests instead of families here in the Lehigh Valley, his priorities are backwards. As a Mayor, I’ve helped attract over 5,000 jobs to the Lehigh Valley and cut city debt by $60 million and I look forward to taking this record to Congress.”

“John Callahan has a record of working for families in the Lehigh Valley and that’s why the AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed him,” said Gregg Potter, President of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council. “Congressman Dent does not represent the interests of working Americans, he represents the interests of Wall Street bankers.”

“SEIU is proud to endorse John Callahan for Congress because of his commitment to helping create jobs and his record of getting it done,” said Eileen Connelly, Executive Director for SEIU PA State Council. “It’s wrong that Pennsylvania taxpayers are paying for Congressman Dent’s health insurance after he voted against health insurance for working Americans.”

“Our members are supporting John Callahan because he has helped bring good jobs to the Lehigh Valley,” said Todd Singer, President of AFSCME Council 13. “If Congressman Dent is reelected, more jobs and services will be cut and more American families will find themselves falling into a deeper recession.”

“Mayor Callahan has made putting people back to work his top priority and the Building Trades is proud to stand with him,” said Mark Snyder, President of the Lehigh Valley Building and Construction Trades. “Congressman Dent voted to raise everyone’s electric rates by 30% and we can’t afford to have a Congressman that makes job-killing votes like that.”

“John Callahan has gotten the job done for working Americans in the Lehigh Valley and we support John because he’ll stand up and fight to move this country forward in Congress,” said Keith Hill, AFGE 3rd District National Vice President. “Congressman Dent is trying to take our Nation backward and that’s exactly the wrong thing to do during this recession.”

Below is the list of endorsements Mayor Callahan is receiving:

AFL-CIO
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Boilermakers Local #13
Bricklayers, Tilesetters & Cement Masons Local 592 (BTCM)
Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD)
Carpenters
Cement Masons & Plasters Local #592
Communication Workers of America (CWA)
Elevator Constructors Local #84
Glaziers, Architectual Metal & Glass Workers Local #252 DC 21
Heavy & Highway Laborers Local #158
Insulators & Allied Workers Local #23 (Asbestos Workers)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Ironworkers Local #36
Laborers Local #1174
Machinists (IAM)
Millwrights Local #1906
Painters Local #1269
Plumbers Local #690
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local #669
Roofers & Waterproofers Local #30
Seafarers
Sheetmetal Workers Local #19
Steamfitters Local #420
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Teamsters Local 773
United Auto Workers
United Food and Commercial Workers
United Steelworkers

UAW Community Outreach Care Fair

08.17.10

UAW Community Outreach Care Fair

Free Event…. Lots of Giveaways!
Fun for all Ages.

Food • Health Screenings
Games • Music

THURSDAY • AUGUST 19 • 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. @
UAW Local 1183 • 698 Old Baltimore Pike • Newark, DE

Do not miss the UAW-GM Buy American Racing Car Tour Display. NASCAR fans will love this!

Laborers’ International Union Expected To Rejoin AFL-CIO

08.14.10

Laborers’ International Union Expected To Rejoin AFL-CIO

by SAM HANANEL

WASHINGTON — The Laborers’ International Union has agreed to rejoin the AFL-CIO, sparking hopes that a once-splintered labor movement is moving closer to reuniting under a single umbrella.

“We are very excited that the labor movement is headed toward becoming more unified just as we need it the most,” said Richard Trumka, president of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, on Friday in a statement issued to The Associated Press.

Laborers spokesman David Miller declined to confirm the decision, but said leaders of the 800,000-member union representing construction workers would have more to say after a meeting on Sunday. Trumka told the AFL-CIO’s executive council last week that the move would become final in October.

The Laborers and five other unions bolted from the federation in 2005 in a bitter dispute that damaged the AFL-CIO’s political heft and sapped millions in dues from its budget.

Led by Service Employees International Union president Andy Stern, the breakaway unions formed the rival Change to Win federation amid complaints that the AFL-CIO wasn’t doing enough to organize new workers and halt the steady decline in union membership and influence.

Trumka has made a major push for unity since he was named AFL-CIO president last September, rekindling closer relationships with SEIU, the Teamsters, the United Food & Commercial Workers and the United Farm Workers – the four remaining Change to Win members.

The Laborers are the second union to come back to the AFL-CIO. Last year, the union of hotel, restaurant and clothing workers known as UNITE HERE also rejoined.

While Change to Win has helped its unions become more sophisticated and aggressive in organizing drives, critics say it never became a viable challenger to the 55-year-old AFL-CIO as a new model for organized labor.

“It’s an organization that never really got off the ground,” said Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “Everything Change to Win did could have been done inside the AFL-CIO.”……..

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Unemployment rate could remain high for more than decade

08.13.10

AUGUST 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Unemployment rate could remain high for more than decade

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 28th- According to a new report released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a left leaning economic and social issue think tank in Washington, DC, the job growth path comparable to the last economic recovery indicate the economy will not recover all the jobs lost in the recession until March 2014. Assuming the trend rate of growth in the labor force, the unemployment rate will not fall back to the pre-recession level until April 2021.

“The economy desperately needs action on job creation. At current and projected job creation rates, we will still be suffering from the effects of the downturn well into the next presidential term,” said John Schmitt, a senior economist at CEPR and a co-author of the report called, “The Urgent Need for Job Creation.”

The study compares various job growth scenariors with the job loss seen in the recession and projects when the lost jobs will be regained and when the unemployment rate will return to pre-recession levels in each case.

The study concludes considering more rapid periods of growth, the analysis shows that using the fastest period of growth of the 1990’s expansion, the economy goes not create enough new jobs to return to the pre-recession unemployment level until September 2014.

If even faster growth rates of the mid-1970’s and early 1980’s are applied, the economy returns to December 2007 employment levels in November 2011 and pre-recession unemployment rates by October of 2012.

Current projections indicate that future job growth will fall somewhere between the rates of the two most recent expansions, Mr. Schmitt believes.

This will mean that absent serious job creation policies, the economy will not reach pre-recession levels until well after the 2012 election cycle (June 2013) and not return to an unemployment rate near the pre-recession level until August of 2015, the study suggest.

The organization believes recent calls for additional stimulus spending and the stiff opposition of the extension of unemployment benefits by Republicans in Congress, shows that many in Washington, DC are underestimating the profound effect of the current recession on the labor market.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA unemployment rate remains the highest in Pennsylvania

08.13.10

AUGUST 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

MSA unemployment rate remains the highest in Pennsylvania

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 29th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 10.2 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks before. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 8.7 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 9.2 percent, unchanged from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,437,000 with 591,000 not working and 5,847,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. However, the unemployment rate does not include civilians who unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

There are 14,623,000 civilians in the nation reported to be unemployed. That number does not include civilians that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have stopped looking for work. There are actually at least 22,000,000 civilians in the nation without jobs.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 284,300 civilians. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,982,300 with 276,100 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,228,600 with 102,100 without jobs; the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 423,900 with 41,200 not working; and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fifth largest civilian labor force at 284,900 with 23,400 without employment.

Of the 14 MSA’s within Pennsylvania, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA is tied with the Johnstown MSA for the highest unemployment rate. The Erie MSA, the Allentown/Bethlhem/Easton and the Williamsport MSA are tied for the second highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 9.7 percent, and the Reading MSA has the third highest unemployment rate at 9.3 percent.

There are 29,100 residents reported to be not working in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA, decreasing by 300 from the previous report and rising by 4,400 from twelve months before. That number also does not include civilians who unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.5 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 7.6 percent, the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest rate at 7.8. The Altoona MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 7.9 percent.

Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.6 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by one and four-tenths of a percentage points from one year ago. Lackawanna County has a labor force of 107,900, decreasing by 900 civilians from the previous report and unchanged from one year ago. There are 10,400 Lackawanna County residents without jobs, decreasing by 300 from the previous report and increasing by 2,500 from twelve months ago.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 10.7 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by one and seven-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Luzerne County has a labor force of 162,000, decreasing by 800 from the previous report and increasing by 700 during the past twelve months. Of the labor force, 17,300 do not have a job, unchanged from the previous report and rising by 2,800 during the past twelve months.

Wyoming County has a unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, increasing three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and jumping nine-tenths of a percentage point from one year ago. Wyoming County has a labor force of 14,500, unchanged from the previous report and the same as twelve months ago. There are 1,400 Wyoming County residents without jobs, unchanged from the previous report and increasing by 100 during the past twelve months.

Does U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent Agree With His Leader John Boehner That Pennsylvania Cops, Fire Fighters, and Teachers Are Nothing But “Special Interests”?

08.09.10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lauren Weiner, 202-470-5870 or Jeremy Funk, 202-470-5878

August 9, 2010

Does U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent Agree With His Leader John Boehner That Pennsylvania Cops, Fire Fighters, and Teachers Are Nothing But “Special Interests”?

Republican House Leader John Boehner Reacts to Vote Tomorrow on Emergency Job-Saving State Assistance by Insulting Pennsylvania’s First Responders and Educators

Will Dent Condemn Boehner’s Statements – or Join Him in Voting to Fire Thousands of Pennsylvania Public Service Workers?

Washington DC – Americans United for Change challenged U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent to condemn outrageous statements made by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) that legislation to provide emergency state assistance that will save the jobs of 290,000 public service workers ## including teachers, police officers, firefighters and nurses – amounts to a “pay off” to “special interests.”

Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Republican House Leader John Boehner isn’t just out of touch with reality, he must be out of his mind if he thinks the folks working hard every day to educate our children and who are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe are nothing but “special interests.” Boehner has offered no apologies for insulting Pennsylvania’s cops, teachers, nurses, and fire fighters, and Congressman Charlie Dent’s constituents deserve to know: does he stand behind his leader?”

“Considering the Republican House Leader has perhaps the coziest relationships in Washington with CEO’s and lobbyists for the big Wall Street banks, big Oil, and the big insurance companies, he’s the last guy you’d expect to be preaching about “special interests.” Like Boehner, Representative Dent has taken money hand over fist from the real special interests and voted to protect their bottom line time and again over the interests of middle-class families in Pennsylvania.”

“But tomorrow, Representative Dent will have an opportunity to get his priorities straight by voting for emergency state assistance that will ease the burden on cash-strapped local governments and protect the jobs of nearly 300,000 Americans,” added McMahon. “Make no mistake: a vote against this emergency aid is a vote to fire hundreds of thousands cops, fire fighters and teachers across America and to leave those remaining stretched to the breaking point. Will Rep. Dent stand with Pennsylvania’s brave first responders and educators, or will he stand with his Leader that considers them nothing but “special interests?”

FACT SHEET: The U.S. House is set to vote Tuesday on an emergency state assistance bill that:

1. Saves and creates 290,000 American jobs (140,000 teacher jobs saved and 150,000 jobs created or saved, including police officers, firefighters and nurses).

2. These funds are needed immediately to prevent layoffs or actually rehire teachers and prevent law enforcement officers from losing their jobs.

3. Completely paid for, in part by closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to ship American jobs overseas.

4. Cuts the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

SOURCE: http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=2439

Teamsters Union Local 773 members vote to end strike against Hercules Cement

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 773 members vote to end strike against Hercules Cement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, July 1st- Approximately 85 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773 in Allentown ratified a new four-year labor agreement with Hercules Cement in Stockertown and returned to their jobs ending a two week strike. The Hercules Stockertown facility in Northampton County processes cement.

The two parties were not able to reach an agreement for a successor contract and the union members voted to strike the employer on June 12th.

Tim Groller, an Hercules employee, and plant steward for Local 773, stated the main reason the union members went on strike was because of proposals made by company officials regarding changes wanted in contract language.

He stated the company wanted management rights language that would allow them to transfer employees at will to other work. Their previous pact gave limited flexibility to move workers for emergency repairs or to cover other workers days off.

During the work stoppage the striking workers picketed the job site 24 hours a day and were often joined by other union members.

Under the new contract union members wages will not increase the first year; increase by 1.5 percent the second and third year; and increase by 2 percent the final year.

Labor complaints file against PPL by IBEW Local 1600

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010
Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Labor complaints file against PPL by IBEW Local 1600

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 15th- The labor organization that represent the employees of the PPL Corporation, North Ninth Street in Allentown, filed multiple labor complaints at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia against the electrical energy utility.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 1600, Grange Road in Trexlertown, represents approximately 5,000 PPL workers throughout Pennsylvania.

The newspaper has discovered Local 1600 filed several Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against PPL alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On June 25th, 2010, the Union filed a ULP alleging the Employer violated Section 5 of the NLRAct. Also, Local 1600 filed a complaint against PPL on June 28th, 2010 alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct.

The ULP’s were discovered during the monthly review by the newspaper of complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office. The newspaper is the only member of the local media that reviews and publishes the information.

According to the ULP filed on June 25th, PPL by and through its agents, failed and refused to provide relevent information to Local 1600 despite a request for such information.

The June 28th complaint alleges PPL since on or about April 8th, 2010 failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the Union. The complaint states on August 4th, 2009 the Union and Employer entered into a Memorandum of Agreement by which the parties established a new progression line which provided maintenance coverage. The parties agreed to establish a joint team to address the vacation rules and procedures. The Employer is alleged to have unilaterally implemented vacation rules and procedures by which it has denied employees vacations on all Saturdays and Sundays.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Local 1600 by Allentown Attorney Quintes Taglioli.

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate at 9.9 percent

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate at 9.9 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 4th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month. The MSA includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 8.5 percent.

There are fourteen Metropolitan Statistical Area’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area is tied with the Reading MSA for the third highest unemployment rate. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA and the Johnston MSA is tied with the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent. The Erie MSA has the second highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 10.2 percent. The data shows the Williamsport MSA has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.8 percent with the Philadelphia MSA and the York MSA tied with the sixth highest at 9.3 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 9.1 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks ago. There are 591,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs, but the number does not include residents that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,463,000 and 5,872,000 of them have employment. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 9.7 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. However, the reason the unemployment rate decreased was because of the workers that have exhausted their benefits and have stopped looking for work.

There are 14,973,000 residents nationally unemployed but counting workers who benefits have been exhausted or unable to find full-time work there are more than 20 million Americans without jobs.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.7 percent, with the Lebanon MSA the second lowest at 7.9 percent and the Altoona MSA and Lancaster MSA tied for the third lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 8.0 percent.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 425,400, rising by 1,700 during the past twelve months. There are 41,900 residents in the MSA without jobs, rising by 5,700 during the past twelve months. Those numbers also does not include workers who have exhausted their benefits.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,995,300 with 279,900 residents not working. The Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest civilian labor force at 1,229,800, with 105,700 residents unemployed. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the state at 286,200, with 24,000 residents unemployed. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest civilian labor force at 286,200 with 29,400 residents not working.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 11.2 percent, increasing by one and two-tenths of a percentage point during the past twelve months. Northampton County has the lowest rate at 9.7 percent, rising by one and five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Lehigh County’s unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, rising by one and four-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

Union files multiple complaints against Allentown Company

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010
Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Union files multiple complaints against Allentown Company

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 16th- The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, North 7th Street in Coplay, filed several labor complaints against a Allentown company alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).The newspaper discovered the complaints while reviewing petitions and labor charges filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia.

The Union filed three Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against Allentown Metal Works Inc., South 10th Street in Allentown.

Two ULP’s were filed by the Union on June 14th, 2010. The Steelworkers Union represents approximately 30 employees of Allentown Metal Works the complaints state.

“The employer on or about May 25th, 2010 notified members of the bargaining unit, not the bargaining agent or its officers, that they were unilaterally implementing certain changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding training and qualifications within certain classifications. The Union alleges that these changes are a mandatory subject of bargaining and a violation of the NLRAct,” states the complaint.

The second complaint filed on June 14th alleges the employer on or about April 7th, 2010 and again on May 10th, 2010 met with the bargaining agent to review certain grievances and an offer of settlement was made by the employer and was acceptable to the union and the grievants, but the offer of settlement was never implemented, the ULP states.

“At another meeting on the same grievance on May 10th another offer of setttlement was made by the employer which quite possibly would have been acceptable to the union. Once again the offer was never implemented. The employer clearly has no regard for the Collective Bargaining Agreement or its covered hourly employees,” states the ULP.

The third ULP was filed on June 18th, 2010 and alleges the Employer terminated an employer and an member of the Union who filed a grievance. “This is an obvious violation of the NLRAct,” states the ULP.

The complaints were filed on behalf of the Union by Stephen Raysely, indentified as a International Union Representative.

Dan Onorato discusses jobs and Tom Corbett’s remarks at Laborers’ Union hall

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Dan Onorato discusses jobs and Tom Corbett’s remarks at Laborers’ Union hall

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, July 17th- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato appeared at the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1174 building on Allentown Drive in Allentown before a meeting hall full of construction union members and officers to discuss jobs and the Republican nominee Tom Corbett’s remark that unemployed workers would rather collect benefits than go back to work.

Mr. Corbett, currently the Pennsylvania Attorney General, stated in a public radio interview in Elizabethtown that if we keep extending unemployment compensation benefits people are going to just sit there. He suggested that jobless Pennsylvanians would rather continue to collect unemployment benefits than take a job. Adding he has literally had construction companies tell him “I can’t get people to come back to work.” He stated the employer told him the workers said, “I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out.”

“I wish he tell me where the jobs are. I’ll send my guys right over,” said Joseph Colucci, Business Manager of the International Association of Bridge, Structural Ornamental and Re-Inforcing Ironworkers Union Local 36 in Whitehall, who attended the event.

“That’s what wrong with many of the politicians, they have no clue,” said Mr. Colucci, who has members unemployed because of the slow economy.

Mr. Onorato, currently Allegheny County Executive, in May defeated four other Democrats to become their party’s nominee. He and Mr. Corbett wants to replace out-going Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Edward Rendell beginning in January 2011.

Most jobs sectors in Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA decrease during the past year

08.05.10

AUGUST 2010
Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Most jobs sectors in MSA decrease during the past year

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, July 4th- The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) job market continues to worsen with most sectors of industry‘s decreasing jobs during the past twelve months.

According to information provided by the Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, nonfarm jobs decreased during the past year by 1,100 to 335,400 within the MSA.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities jobs was the biggest decliner during the time period decreasing by 1,400. Manufacturing jobs was the second biggest loser dropping by 1,100 with retail jobs third by dropping 900. Construction jobs was fourth decreasing by 700 jobs.

There are 66,400 jobs in the MSA within the trade, transportation and utilities industries.

Government jobs were unchanged from twelve months ago to 44,800. Federal government jobs increased by 600 during the period to 3,300 mostly because of the hiring of workers for the United States Census Bureau. Local government jobs decreased by 600 to 38,300 with state government jobs unchanged at 3,200.

The education and health services sector gained 1,400 during the past twelve months to 66,600. There are 17,600 hospital jobs in the MSA increasing by 100 during the past twelve months. Educational services jobs increased by 1,000 to 12,200 during the past year with health care and social assistance jobs increasing by 400 to 54,300.

Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 300 over the period. There are 33,500 jobs in the sector. There are 23,200 food services and drinking places jobs, rising by 400 during the period. Accommodation and food services jobs dropped by 400 during the past twelve months. There are 24,900 jobs within the sector.

Other industry data within the MSA showed:

• Professional and business services jobs increased by 1,100 during the past year to 16,200.
• Financial activities jobs dropped by 400 during the period to 16,200.
• Information jobs decreased by 100 to 6,800.
• Other services jobs were unchanged to 14,400