Labor Power Players – Barney Oursler, Director, Mon Valley Unemployed Committee

Meet Barney Oursler, Director of the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee. In this interview, Barney tells us about his responsibilities as Director, which include benefit assistance, benefit advocacy, and policy advocacy. He also speaks about the way in which the pandemic has influenced both organized and unorganized workers, particularly how it has changed the population of people who have been put out of work. Finally, Barney gives us some insight on how the current legislative leadership has led the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee to focus on stopping certain pieces of legislation which could negatively impact unemployed people.