ERIE, Pa. — Over the last few years, Erie has watched manufacturing plants close and jobs get cut. It’s left a portion of the West 12th Street industrial corridor empty.
And Erie’s unemployment rates are up significantly.
U.S. Senate nominee Katie McGinty said it’s time for us to start winning again in manufacturing during a news conference in Erie on Thursday.
McGinty voiced her plan to bring back manufacturing jobs in what used to be the heart of manufacturing, outside of Zurn Industries on West 12th Street.
McGinty was backed by Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, the GE union president and dozens of blue collar workers.
McGinty’s plan includes putting an end to bad trade deals, stopping tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas, focusing resources on preserving and rebuilding the skilled workforce and begin investing in infrastructure again.
She said Pennsylvania has seen enough loss, vowing her commitment to prevent china from taking American jobs and putting people to work in good paying jobs.
“Manufacturing is still a key piece of our economy and Pennsylvania is still in the top five in the country,” McGinty said. “We are going to fight the hold and grow those jobs.”
McGinty claims that her competitor, Pat Toomey works against jobs and manufacturing by supporting free trade and one bad trade deal after another.