For Immediate Release
August 3, 2004
HOEFFEL OFFERS CONCERN, SUPPORT FOR TECHNEGLAS WORKERS HE MET WITH IN JUNE
Says Current Trade Policies Put U.S. Workers and Companies at Disadvantage
PHILADELPHIA , PA - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Hoeffel today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Techneglas plant in Pittston Township will close, resulting in the loss of 670 jobs. Hoeffel met with a group of workers from the plant on June 29, 2004:
"Our hearts go out to the workers and their families who will be affected by today's announcement of the Techneglas plant closing. The consumer marketplace for televisions may be changing in ways no one can control, but when I came to listen to Techneglas employees in late June, it was painfully clear that current trade and tax policies in Washington are not responding to the realities facing American workers, communities and companies.
"Right now, we have to be sure that the workers and their families receive the help they need to weather this difficult transition. But for the future, I believe we must change direction in Washington to ensure that American workers can compete on a level playing field and American companies have incentives for keeping jobs at home rather than moving them abroad."