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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.

Click here for a recap of the testimony.

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Workers and advocates gather after the hearing, just before splitting up to lobby their elected officials.

Workers and advocates gather after the hearing, just before splitting up to lobby their elected officials.

Maria Perez, a childcare workers from Philadelphia, testifies about the difficulties of raising her daughter on poverty wages.

Maria Perez, a childcare workers from Philadelphia, testifies about the difficulties of raising her daughter on poverty wages.

Business owners Simon Arias & Bobby Fry pose with Alissa Barron-Menza of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Sen. Christine Tartaglione, who has introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Business owners Simon Arias & Bobby Fry pose with Alissa Barron-Menza of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Sen. Christine Tartaglione, who has introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Economist Mark Price, of the Keystone Research Center, laying out the facts. Rick Bloomingdale, PA AFL-CIO president, and Michael Hollander, staff attorney at Community Legal Services, also testified.

Economist Mark Price, of the Keystone Research Center, laying out the facts. Rick Bloomingdale, PA AFL-CIO president, and Michael Hollander, staff attorney at Community Legal Services, also testified.

It's time to raise the minimum wage.

It’s time to raise the minimum wage.

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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.

Click here for the report

Press events were held in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin, Delaware, Indiana, Lehigh, Philadelphia & York counties. Check out news coverage and photos from the events:

 

 

State Representative Patty Kim speaks in Harrisburg

State Representative Patty Kim speaks in Harrisburg

Workers and members of Fight for 15 speak in Pittsburgh

Workers and members of Fight for 15 speak in Pittsburgh

Sandra Thompson, President of the York NAACP

Sandra Thompson, President of the York NAACP

Fast food worker Ivory Bishop talks about what a raise in the minimum wage would mean for her.

Fast food worker Ivory Bishop talks about what a raise in the minimum wage would mean for her.

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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 info@philaup.org