Pennsylvania State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski said they are prepared to help the Erie Coke workers who were turned away Thursday morning after owners decided to permanently shut down the plant.

The lawmakers said their offices can provide support and services.

“This is why our offices are here – to support our community in difficult times when the future is uncertain,” said Bizzarro. “The workers who showed up this morning and were turned away through no fault of their own deserve the best support we can offer, and we don’t plan to let them down.”

“Our hearts are with the employees who were caught off guard this morning, a week before Christmas, when they showed up at Erie Coke, only to be told that their services are no longer needed," said Harkins. "It’s important for people to know that our offices can provide valuable assistance – from helping people find new job opportunities to assisting them in filing unemployment insurance claims or applying for children’s health insurance.”

“Although residents may not need these resources immediately, we want everyone to know that we are prepared to help at any time in the future,” said Merski. “Whether it’s now or down the line, we want people to know that we will be there to support them with state services.”