PennDOT is beginning its transition from summer repairs to winter maintenance this week. The change means no more weekly work schedules until construction season returns in March and you will start to see plow trucks practicing their assigned plowing routes before the weather hits. Exit 9 on Interstate 90 in Erie County is reopened as work for the season halts there, next year will see new work in that area according to PennDOT.
Today marks one week left for state residents to register to vote ahead of the 2022 general election; Pennsylvania State law allows voters who registered more than two weeks ahead of the election to vote. Voters who wish to vote by mail have two weeks to request their mail-in ballots which must be returned to their county voting office by election day, which is November 8th.
In state news, employees at Pennsylvania’s second largest newspaper have now been on strike for more than a week. More than 60 workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette say they haven’t had a contract in six years or a pay raise in 16. They also reportedly lost their health insurance because the paper’s parent company, Block Communications, did not pay its part of their premiums after they went up by $19. Employees picketing outside the paper’s office called for people to cancel their subscriptions and for people to boycott the paper. Block Communications said it offered workers a 9% increase in wages and enroll employees in their health insurance plans.