Daugherty, chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee, said he wants Dent to sign on as a co-sponsor of the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act.
The act makes companies that move call centers overseas ineligible for federal grants or loans and allows callers to talk to call center employees in the U.S. if requested.
Daugherty said the act is especially important in light of the recent closure of the T-Mobile call center in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, that resulted in the loss of 605 local jobs. He said he’s disappointed Dent didn’t vote for the call center act to be brought to the floor during a procedural motion June 19.
“I want to do everything I can to stop jobs from going overseas,” Daugherty said. “That’s my central focus after supporting senior programs.”
Dent said the June 19 vote was nothing more than a procedural vote determining the order of how bills would be considered that day and that it wasn’t a vote against the call center act.
He said he hasn’t had a chance to look at the act but feels the real reason behind the closure of T-Mobile’s Hanover Township call center is that AT&T and T-Mobile weren’t allowed to merge. AT&T had pledged to keep call center jobs in the U.S. and bring back thousands from overseas if the merger were allowed, Dent said.
“The fact we lost so many T-Mobile jobs is the direct result of the failed policy of the Obama administration,” Dent said.
Congressional candidates Charlie Dent and Rick Daugherty have until Sunday to report second-quarter fundraising figures.
Dent raised $215,000 this quarter and has $613,000 on hand, campaign manager Shawn Millan said.
Daugherty, who raised only $11,449 for his Democratic primary, said he didn’t raise any notable amount in the most recent quarter. He said he believes races can be won on issues, pointing to his primary win over Jackson Eaton, who outspent him significantly.