On Thursday, June 23rd, members of Raise the Wage PA went to Harrisburg to attend a Senate Labor & Industry Committee meeting. Legislation that could be used to raise the minimum wage was being considered, and we packed the room with advocates to make sure that they know we’re keeping an eye on them. The committee voted to move the bill forward, and it could have been a vehicle to raise the wage in the state budget discussions. Unfortunately, the budget passed without any increase in the minimum wage. The fight isn’t over, and we will continue to push our elected officials until PA has a fair minimum wage. Check out photos from the event:
According to recent polling, 74% of PA voters, including 54% of Republicans, agree that we should raise the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would generate over $225 million in revenue for the state budget, according to a new report by the Keystone Research Center. Click here for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org