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Congresswoman Wild visits with striking workers from South Whitehall Public Works Department


Special to The Press

Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, visited striking workers of South Whitehall’s Public Works Department Feb. 13 at the Ridgeview Drive entrance to the township building.

Wild is a strong advocate for unionized workers and serves on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

Public works employees, represented by Teamsters Local 773, are on strike as contract negotiations continue with the township management team.

According to the union rep, the economics have been discussed and agreed upon in large part. The remaining issues of great importance to the union are making the workweek Monday through Friday to prevent the township from giving an employee off during the week and making him or her work the weekend for straight time, because it is a quality of life issue.

In addition, the union wants to stop the township from further subcontracting out work and taking job opportunities away from township workers.

PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND South Whitehall Township Public Works employees Lucas Apgar, Brian Knopf and Matt Weidman, Teamsters Local 773 Business Associate, wear strike signs at the entrance to the South Whitehall Township Building, 4444 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall. The pickets were at the Ridgeview Drive entrance to the building renovation site. Additional photos appear on page A2.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, expresses her support for the striking South Whitehall Township Public Works employees. Bryson Rice, 3, in front of dad, Drew, is more interested in what this photographer was doing.
Rob and Monica Hodges, and Jacob Roth, with the South Whitehall Concerned Citizens group, join Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, and Zoe at the South Whitehall Township Public Works employees' strike. SWCC is an advocacy group supporting moderate growth in South Whitehall, as well as transparent government.