Minimum Wage Legislation Held Hostage in PA
While 29 states and many cities have raised their minimum wage, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is still stuck at $7.25.
Bills have been stuck in House and Senate Labor and Industry Committees since the beginning of 2015.
We are urging people to contact the chairs of the Labor and Industry Committees and demand that they report out a minimum wage bill of at least $10.10 per hour immediately, including for tipped workers!
Call Senator Lisa Baker at 717-787-7428 and
Rep. Mauree Gingrich at 717-783-1815
And tell them to move minimum wage legislation
Minimum Wage Supporters March on the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association
On Thursday, July 2nd, Raise the Wage PA held a rally in Harrisburg to raise the minimum wage. We joined 60 PA residents who had been occupying the Capitol all week to demand a fair state budget. Together, we marched to the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association to demand that they stop fighting against a fair minimum wage for Pennsylvania’s workers.
Check out some pictures below:
Activists Drop Off Over 10,000 Petition Signatures to Republican Leaders
On Monday, June 8th, members of the Raise the Wage PA coalition delivered over 10,000 petition signatures calling on the state legislature to raise PA’s minimum wage to at least $10.10 for all PA workers.
After a brief press conference, workers and other advocates went to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, Senate Labor & Industry Chair Lisa Baker, House Majority Leader Dave Reed, and House Labor & Industry Chair Mauree Gingrich to give them the petitions, and to demand that they stop stonewalling the process and allow a vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage.
They then stopped by Governor Wolf’s office, where the Governor himself met them and encouraged them to continue fighting for an increase.
Check out this article on the event, and pics below.
State Senate Hearing Held on Raising the Minimum Wage
On Tuesday, May 5, the Senate Labor & Industry Committee held hearings on the impacts of raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Workers, business owners, economists and advocates, organized by Raise the Wage PA, testified in favor of raising the wage.
As usual, opposition lobbying groups were there to trot out the usual misinformation and distortion that they like to use to prevent workers from earning a decent wage. However, supporters who testified did a great job pushing back and showing that raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 is good for workers, good for business, and good for the economy.
Among the great statements of the day was when Pittsburgh business owner Bobby Fry told Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) that poverty wages (rather than some supposed skills gap) are what makes it difficult to find good employees, and when Chuck Harford, a deli clerk from Perry County, told the committee that without the workers that make businesses run every day, those businesses couldn’t exist.
Check out news coverage and photos below:
- Senators consider proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage
- Pa. lawmakers consider raising minimum wage
- Time for Part Two of the minimum wage fight: Mark Price
Keystone Research Center releases county by county report on the benefits of increasing the minimum wage
On Wednesday, April 22, the Keystone Research Center released a report showing how many workers in each county in PA will be impacted by raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
Raise the Wage PA held press events around the state on that day to highlight the importance of raising the wages of over 1.2 million Pennsylvanians and pumping $1.8 billion in new wages into the state’s economy. For questions about the Keystone Research Center Report, contact Mark Price at 717-255-7158.
Press events were held in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin, Delaware, Indiana, Lehigh, Philadelphia & York counties. Check out news coverage and photos from the events:
- Supporters push drive to hike minimum wage
- Minimum Wage Increase Would be Raise to 65,000 LV Workers
- Area residents encouraged to back minimum wage increase
- New Study Reviews Effect of Governor’s Wage Increase
- In brief: Hike in minimum wage would help 32,000 in Erie County, study says
- Study: Minimum wage hike to $10.10 would affect 25,000 workers in Cumberland County
- York NAACP schedules news conference about report on raising the minimum wage
- Debate to raise minimum wage continues
- Keystone Research Center: 1.2 million Pennsylvania Workers Would Benefit From Minimum Wage Increase
- Advocacy group urges minimum wage hike
- Minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour would benefit 65,382 Lehigh Valley workers, think tank says
- Advocacy group for immigrants calls for higher minimum wage
Principles of Raise the Wage PA
We support an increase in the state and federal minimum wages to at least $10.10 per hour.
We support a cost of living adjustment in any legislation so that the minimum wage keeps pace with inflation.
We oppose a separate minimum wage for tipped workers.
We oppose the preemption of the right of localities to set their own minimum wages in Pennsylvania.
We support a significant increase in fines on employers who engage in wage theft against their employees and strengthening of enforcement efforts.
Contact Raise the Wage PA at 215-557-0822 or email@example.com