On June 3rd, supporters from across Pennsylvania joined low wage workers in a rally & lobby day to raise the minimum wage. Workers spoke about trying to get by on poverty wages, the constant struggle of working for tips, and being victims of wage theft. Participants met with their elected officials throughout the day to let them know that $7.25 is not enough.
John Meyerson of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776 & the Philadelphia Unemployment Project MC’s the event.
Reverend Aija Simpson of the Unitarian Universalists of Cumberland Valley
The rotunda steps were packed
State Rep. Patty Kim
Homecare worker Carmella Green speaks about working for low pay
A protester urging his elected officials to respect workers by raising the minimum wage
Bishop Augustus E. Sullivan, President of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg
Kathy Jellison, President of the Service Employees International Union Local 668
Tyree, a restaurant server in Philadelphia, tells the crowd how hard it is to raise his child on tips.
High school teacher Tengo Joloza was a victim of wage theft.
Jody Weinrich of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Retired Americans
Andre Butler, a banquet server, works events with millionaires, making $8 an hour
Bill Herbert of the United Steelworkers Local 5652
Alan Jennings of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley
Dr. Susan Minasian, Franklin & Marshall College chaplain,
A bird’s eye view of the rally
View from the steps
Diane Topakian of SEIU State Council checking participants in for lobby visits
Members of the United Steelworkers support raising the minimum wage
Participants from Philadelphia before they board the bus to Harrisburg
John Dodds, Director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, speaks to a local reporter
Participants checking in to lobby their elected officials