For Immediate Release
February 15, 2023
Contact: Kirstin Snow, PA Budget and Policy Center firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVISORY—TOMORROW 1 PM—New Report/Press Conference: Andy Warhol Bridge Project Study Underscores Vital Need for Local Hire Provisions to Maximize Value for Pennsylvania on Federal Infrastructure Spending Projects
Keystone Research Center and Affiliated Researchers Find Out-of-State Subcontractor Employed NO PA Residents So Jobs and Economic Activity Leaked Heavily to Other States
Speakers in Attendance Include: PA. Sen. Devlin J. Robinson (R-37); Angela Ferritto, President of the PA AFL-CIO; Representative Nick Pisciottano (D-38)
Pittsburgh, PA—Over the next five years, Pennsylvania will roll out an estimated $36.8 billion in state and federal transportation infrastructure with additional federal investments in climate infrastructure and U.S. manufacturing. Maximizing the benefits of these investments for Pennsylvania’s communities will require strong labor and local hiring standards, leading to good jobs held for highly skilled construction workers in Pennsylvania.
A new report from Keystone Research Center and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows what can go awry without local hiring requirements. On the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Andy Warhol Bridge project in Pittsburgh that started in 2016, the winning bidder subcontracted out $9 million in painting work to a Florida-based contractor that brought in an entirely out-of-state workforce.
WHAT: Press Conference and Report Release
WHEN: TOMORROW at 1 PM, EST
WHO: Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director, Keystone Research Center; report co-author Frank Manzo IV, Executive Director, Illinois Economic Policy Institute; PA. Sen. Devlin J. Robinson (R-37); Angela Ferritto, President of the PA AFL-CIO; Representative Nick Pisciottano (D-38); Joe Hughes, Director of Government Relations, IUPAT District Council 57
WHERE: In person at IUPAT, 101 Ewing Road, Carnegie, PA, and on Zoom
Register here: https://bit.ly/KRC216V. Both open to press.