Harrisburg, PA – Continuing a statewide listening tour, Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force met in Pittsburgh today to hear from students, workers, businesses and educators about the experiences of middle class families and how to improve their lives. The task force consists of a diverse panel of leading experts in business, labor, education and workforce development.
“Anchored by the dynamic City of Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania has a world-class labor force, growing high-tech businesses, and a low cost of living, but we know from our big cities to rural communities that more must be done for middle class families,” said Governor Wolf. “I have challenged this task force of union, businesses, education and workforce development experts to travel the commonwealth and listen to the workers and families of Pennsylvania.
“The people of this region must have a voice in how we improve Pennsylvania’s middle class, help businesses and workers, and grow the economy.”
The four chairpersons appointed by the governor are:
- Gene Barr, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO;
- Rick Bloomingdale, AFL-CIO President;
- Dr. Sue Mukherjee, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor;
- Susie Snelick, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson.
Local job seekers and students joined the business, labor, educators, and workforce development experts from the community for an open conversation at the meeting.
This is the fifth of six regional meetings the task force is holding around the commonwealth. The recommendations will be presented to the governor later this year.
The Wolf administration is supporting the task force with representatives from the departments of Community and Economic Development, Education, and Labor and Industry.