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Steelworkers President appointed to Advisory Council

12.18.09

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

Steelworkers President appointed to Advisory Council

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 11th- The United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 2599 President Jerry Green was appointed on November 24th to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council by Pennsylvania House of Representive Keith McCall (Democrat-122nd Legislative District). Mr. McCall is the speaker of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg.

“It is an honor for me to appoint you to this important position. I am certain all of your work will be a positive reflection not only on the Council, but also on the House of Representatives. This appointment was made because I know your qualifications make you well suited for this position,” states Mr. McCall’s November 24th letter to Mr. Green.

Local 2599 represents approximately 1,000 USW members throughout the Lehigh Valley. Mr. Green was first elected to serve as President of Local 2599 in 2000. He is a former employee of Bethlehem Steel and lives in Bethlehem.

“I’m honored to be appointed to this position. I will work hard for the labor community on the Council,” stated Mr. Green.

The Council is made up of eight members, four employee representatives and four employer representatives, plus the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary.

Also the House of Representatives Speaker, the Senate President Pro Tem and the Minority Party Leaders of the House and Senate each appoint an employee and employer representative to serve on the Council. Each Council member serves two years from the date of the appointment.

When contacted by the newspaper, Mr. McCall stated Mr. Green was appointed to the Council because of his outstanding experience as the USW President and unique legal perspective he brings as a paralegal. “His entire career has been dedicated to protecting the rights of working people, and he will be an outstanding addition to the Council,” said Mr. McCall.

According to Mr. McCall’s office, the Council’s goal is to hold hearings and gather testimony on Workers’ Compensation issues from the public and for interested parties. The data is used to create reliable studies and surveys concerning compensation claims, injury rates, and litigation. The council also submits an annual report to the legislature and in involved in helping make common-sense changes to the state’s labor laws.

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