April 13, 2024

AS NATIONWIDE STRIKE WAVE TAKES HOLD, FETTERMAN, ADAMS, CASAR INTRODUCE BILL TO PROVIDE SNAP BENEFITS FOR STRIKING WORKERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman, with Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Greg Casar (D-TX), introduced the Food Secure Strikers Act of 2023, legislation to allow striking workers to qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The introduction of this bill comes as several high-profile strikes are currently taking place in Pennsylvania and across the country. Right now, workers with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 506 & 618 at Wabtec in Erie; workers with Communications Workers of America at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and workers with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild nationwide are all on strike.

“Every union worker who is walking the picket line this summer needs to know that we have their back here in Washington,” said Sen. Fetterman. “The union way of life is sacred. It’s what built Pennsylvania and this nation. It is critical for us to protect workers’ right to organize, and that includes making sure they and their families have the resources to support themselves while on strike. As Chair of the Nutrition Subcommittee and an advocate for the union way of life, this bill is just plain common sense. I’m proud to introduce this bill that will eliminate the need for workers to choose between fighting for fair working conditions and putting food on the table for their families.”