ANNOUNCES FILING OF RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST REGARDING UNEMPLOYMENT CALL CENTERS

HARRISBURG – Today Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) held a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to announce that he has filed a Right-to-Know request with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry requesting various records related to the closing of Unemployment Compensation call centers.

During the press conference, Wagner shared that he had visited the Lancaster Unemployment Call Center on Friday, December 2nd. Combined with previous concerns with the lack of progress in upgrading the Unemployment Compensation system, the insight he gained during his visit has prompted him to file the Right-to-Know request. 

“What I learned is shocking,” stated Wagner. “Many of the employees agree with my colleagues and I that these closings are purely political. I was told that employees had been hearing for months that the Lancaster call center may be closing in June of 2017 anyway.”

Wagner also learned that all three call centers being closed by the Governor – Altoona, Allentown, and Lancaster had already stopped taking calls two weeks prior.

Wagner stated that since coming to the Senate, he has taken his job as a steward of taxpayer’s dollars seriously.

“I believe that it is imperative that we begin collecting information today for what I believe will be a full vetting of this issue as soon as the Senate reconvenes,” stated Wagner. 

View Right-to-Know request here.

CONTACT: Erin K. Marsicano, 717-787-3817, emarsicano@pasen.gov

News Coverage:
PennLive – ‘This is Going to be Call-Centergate,’ Sen. Scott Wagner says about looming L&I employee layoffs
Central Penn Business Journal – Wagner Hits Back Against Unemployment Center Layoffs
WITF – Senator Scott Wagner Vows to Investigate Unemployment Compensation Layoffs
York Daily Record – Senator Scott Wagner Questions if Layoffs Were Necessary
WDAC – Right-to-Know Request Filed by York County Senator