State: No unemployment benefits for strikers

A Pennsylvania state panel said Harley-Davidson employees who went on strike in February will not receive unemployment checks for that time. Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 175 said 2,516 employees sought the benefits for four weeks they were on strike at the Springettsbury Township motorcycle plant.

The law does not allow unemployment compensation when workers are on strike, but does when they are locked out.

The employees argued that the strike began with a lockout, but the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review ruled that Harley-Davidson had been entitled to close for business reasons that did not constitute a lockout. An appeal deadline has passed.


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