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Middle Class Task Force Meets in Luzerne County

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Is enough being done to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians? If not how can the Commonwealth do better?
These are the central questions asked at meeting Monday of the Governor’s” Middle Class Task Force” meeting in Luzerne County. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick with more on – the Governor’s “Jobs that Pay Tour” making it’s way across the Commonwealth.

It may not have come up with any answers – but the task force got quite an earful.

 “The system needs a bit of tweaking. too much public policy interference in employment at all levels.” That comes from Andrew Sordoni- former head of one of the largest construction companies in Pennsylvania, Sordoni Construction.

 He was one of a dozen people who spoke to members of Governor Wolf’s “Middle Class Task Force” which is made up of leaders from various state agencies including Labor, Education, Business and Workforce development..

 “I hope there is upward mobility in the workforce. We are under employed in addition to being unemployed. so better jobs and more jobs.” said Sordoni.
 
Much of the talk at the roundtable dealt with improving communication between businesses, colleges and the public, especially when it comes to what’s available as far as training for the better paying jobs that are currently available in the region.
 
“It doesn’t matter how much you share, if you are not sharing with your local constituency you’re not taking the time to listen and learn form them. It’s just not going to resonate with them and the message is not going to be important to them.” said Pedro Rivera, PA Secretary of Education.
 
The task force also heard from two recent college graduates who say finding good paying jobs has been a challenge.
“You do all the extra work you pay extra money to get here and you’re coming out and you’re kind of at a standstill.” said Paige Wisniewski of Sayre.
 
“I just want these folks to know that any money you put into the education system it’s going to benefit Pennsylvania taxpayers.” added Kennedy Sheeley.
 
The governor’s task force will take this information back to Harrisburg and use it to implement policies they say will hopefully improve the quality of jobs and the quality of life in the commonwealth. 

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