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Wolf signs unemployment compensation law; Altoona service center to reopen in May

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed Senate Bill 250 into law. It provides a temporary infusion of resources to improve customer service for the unemployment compensation service centers operated by the Department of Labor and Industry, including the one in Altoona. (WJAC)

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed Senate Bill 250 into law.

It provides a temporary infusion of resources to improve customer service for the unemployment compensation service centers operated by the Department of Labor and Industry.

The administration expects this funding to support the rehiring of approximately 200 workers for a term of nine months, as prescribed by the legislation.

This process will be based on collective bargaining and will begin immediately.

The department hopes to have the Altoona call center reopened by early May.

The Altoona center closed in December because of a lack of funds.

“I am grateful to Sens. Ward and Tartaglione, Reps. Kaufman and Galloway and all those in the General Assembly who helped get these temporary but necessary resources through both the House and Senate,” Wolf said. “In the coming weeks, I will continue to work earnestly with the General Assembly to find a long-term solution.

"A failure to pass legislation doing so will not only lead to a crisis similar to the one the commonwealth just faced, but also create chaos for workers or those seeking unemployment.”

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