Locked-Out Workers Can't Get Benefits: Pa. Appeals Court

Law360, Philadelphia (March 5, 2013, 5:34 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday that unionized workers locked out of their jobs after failing to secure new collective bargaining agreements cannot receive benefits under the federal Trade Act of 1974, a bill designed to bolster traditional unemployment compensation for workers affected by foreign competition.

The appeals court ruled that nearly 30 former employees who’d been forced off the job after their union failed to negotiate a new contract with Hoffman Industries, a steel tubing manufacturer based outside Reading, had clearly been victims of a...
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