The Raise the Wage PA 2015 Kickoff Event has been rescheduled for Monday, February 9th at 12 Noon!

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Full Agenda

12 Noon- Sign in and box lunches

12:15- 12:55 PM- Opening Plenary

Rick Bloomingdale – PA AFL-CIO, Bill Sponsors Rep. Patty Kim & Sen. Tina Tartaglione,  Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, Charlie Crystle – CEO Lancaster Food Co., Rev. Sandy Strauss – PA Council of Churches, Blanding Watson – PA NAACP, Jerome Ellison – Nursing home worker, John Dodds – Philadelphia Unemployment Project- MC

1 PM –1:45 PM Workshops

Tipped MinimumWage
Presented by: Sam Jones– Restaurant Opportunities Center, Nate Schlitzer – Bartender
Learn about how the subminimum wage for tipped workers forces them to experience economic insecurity and sexual harassment, how the issue connects to broader fights for working families and women, and why the restaurant industry has been successful in maintaining a subminimum wage for tipped workers for so long.

Local Organizing, Social Media and Developing Allies
Presented by: State Senator Art Haywood, Estina Baker – Working America
Learn how to organize in your communities and on social media and bring in more supporters.

Minimum Wage Legislation in the General Assembly
Presented by: John Meyerson – UFCW 1776, State Rep. Marc Gergely, State Senator Christine Tartaglione
The bill to increase the minimum wage will not move through the Legislature by itself. Let’s talk about what we have to do to get PA a raise.

Wage Theft
Presented by: Nadia Hewka – Community Legal Services, Marielle Macher – Community Justice Project
Hear from a worker who fought back against wage theft in the workplace and learn practical info for dealing with this widespread problem. Also hear from advocates about how and why the laws are failing to protect PA workers.

Messaging and Polling
Presented by: Richard Kirsch – Roosevelt Institute
Hear the latest polling data about minimum wage and messages that have been found to be effective around the country.

Results from Other Cities and States
Presented by: Yannet Lathrop – National Employment Law Project, Fast food workers – Fight for 15
Presentation on successful state campaigns around the country and fast food organizing in Pennsylvania.

Working with Small Business
Presented by:– Alissa Barron-Menza – Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, Charlie Crystle – CEO Lancaster Food Co.
Hear why many businesses support a higher minimum wage, and how we can get them involved in the fight.

Debunking Myths About the Minimum Wage
Presented by: Mark Price – Keystone Research Center
Come hear what opponents have to say about raising the minimum wage, and why they’re wrong.

1:55 PM- Closing Plenary 

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, Economics of low wages/wage stagnation,- Mark Price, Keystone Research Center; Messaging/polling/other states- Richard Kirsch; Lobbying today & coordinated local week of legislative visits- John Meyerson

2:30 PM – March to the Capitol and visit legislators with leave behind materials to Raise the Wage!


Recent News:

“Vote PA a Raise” Statewide Day of Action recap:

On Monday, September 29th, advocates and workers came together in 10 cities across Pennsylvania for the “Vote PA a Raise” statewide day of action to call on their elected officials to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour.

Participants highlighted the upcoming state level elections, and emphasized that their results will likely impact whether or not we will see a wage hike in our state. This is why it is so important that Pennsylvanians show up at the polls in November. 70% of PA residents support raising the minimum wage, and it’s time that our elected officials and those running for office begin to listen up.

Click here for a recap of each event

Check out extensive news coverage of the events:

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Marching to Governor Corbett's Philadelphia Office

Marching to Governor Corbett’s Philadelphia Office on the September 29th “Vote PA a Raise” statewide day of action.

Sandy Strauss, of the PA Council of Churches, speaks in Harrisburg.

Sandy Strauss, of the PA Council of Churches, speaks in Harrisburg.

State Senator Mike Stack

Lieutenant Gov. Candidate, Senator Mike Stack, speaking in Delaware County on September 29th

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Twitter: @RaisetheWagePA• Contact: Adam, 215-557-0822 x127

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