Union members rally at Capitol to preserve Human Services - abc27 WHTM

Union members rally at Capitol to preserve Human Service funding

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Over 350 members of Pennsylvania's Social Services Union rallied in the Capitol on Monday, pleading with the Governor to reverse cuts to human services.

They were there to lobby with legislators for their support of programs such as Children and Youth Services,  prison psychological staff, and retirement security.

The group was joined by Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa as well as a list of representatives giving their pledge to stand behind the union.
Rather than to continue with cuts,  members look to the governor with a few ideas.
"They close corporate tax loopholes and a fair tax on the Marcellus Shale," said Bill Bacon, the Legislative Director for SEIU local chapter 668. "You can raise sufficient revenue without cutting education and vital human services."

While the rally was going on, the Governor called on legislators to expand his Block Grant program, which would provide counties more "flexibility" to fund human service programs in their jurisdictions.

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