As we continue to negotiate with Tyler Hospital management over the effects of closing our hospital, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor Rapid Response Services (RRS) team is here to help displaced workers during this difficult time.

The RRS team will tentatively be meeting with workers at the hospital Monday, Sept. 13, from 3-5pm and then Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 17, from 10am-12noon and 1-3pm. Reach out to your organizer for more information about meeting with the RRS team.

What Does the RRS Team Do?

RRS coordinators meet with employers and employees and their representatives to discuss and explain the services available through the Rapid Response Assistance program.

The Rapid Response Assistance program is an early-intervention program that helps workers and employers to coordinate layoff aversion and outplacement services for employers and workers affected by layoffs, plant closures, or natural disasters. It’s a forward-looking approach to planning and managing economic transitions. The sooner employers, workers, and the community come together to manage change, the better the outcome for everyone.

The RRS coordinators will build a team of experts to provide workers with information about and access to services in a centralized and convenient location. Services include things like:

  • Unemployment Insurance;
  • Health and pension benefits;
  • Job-search activities;
  • Education services and training programs;
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and NAFTA/TAA programs;
  • Social Services programs;
  • Financial Credit counseling;
  • Community and economic development activities;
  • Emergency assistance and more!

We will continue to update everyone as new information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Patty Ludwikowski at or 814-360-1478.

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