Labor Leaders Oppose Political Retaliation as MSHA Relocates Nearly 100 PA Jobs to Red State, West Virginia

(Harrisburg, PA) On Monday, December 21, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health and Trump Administration political appointee Dave Zatezalo will announce to the nearly 100 employees of the Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center that their jobs will be moved to West Virginia.  These workers are represented by American Federation of Government Employees.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder along with Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly issued the following joint statement:

Safety and health protections are not a political football in the best of times, much less in an unprecedented public health crisis.  Our AFGE sisters and brothers of MSHA work to keep others safe in the most hazardous of workplaces.  This decision forces nearly 100 workers to choose between keeping their job or further upending their lives amid a global crisis. MSHA has had more cases of COVID-19 than all other agencies of the Department of Labor combined, and now Zatezalo and the Trump Administration are making the situation even worse.

This decision is not about preserving the safety and health of mine workers; it is partisan retaliation from a President who lost an election.  Donald Trump did not win Pennsylvania, and now he plans to take it out on Pennsylvania workers. January 20, 2021, cannot come fast enough.  Working people cannot afford this administration’s continued assault on our jo­­­bs and our right to safety on the job.