Call the Senate Appropriations committee and ask them to support a fair minimum wage


Here is a list of Appropriations Committee members.  If you are in their districts, please let them know that you want immediate action in September to amend and report out of committee SB 199 to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10/hour with a cost of living escalator, an increase in the tipped minimum wage, and the ability for localities to set their own minimum wages.


Senate Appropriations Committee Members:

Sen. Pat Browne (R – Lehigh) – Committee Chair – (610) 821-8468

Sen. Kim Ward (R – Westmoreland) – Vice Chair – (724) 600-7002

Sen. David Argall (R – Berks, Schuylkill) – (570) 621-3400 

Sen. Lisa Baker (R – Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming ) – (570) 675-3931 

Sen. John Eichelberger (R – Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon) – (814) 695-8386

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R – Bucks, Montgomery) – (215) 657-7700

Sen. Bob Mensch (R – Berks, Bucks, Montgomery) – (215) 368-3117

Sen. Mario Scavello (R – Monroe, Northampton) – (610) 863-1200

Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R – Lancaster) – (717) 397-1309 

Sen. Patricia Vance (R – Cumberland, York) – (717) 975-1985 

Sen. Elder Vogel (R – Beaver, Butler, Lawrence) – (724) 774-0444

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R – Allegheny) – (412) 487-6600

Sen. Scott Wagner (R – York) – (717) 846-2828

Sen. Gene Yaw (R – Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union) – (570) 322-6457


Sen. Vincent Hughes (D – Philadelphia) – Minority Chair – (215) 879-7777 

Sen. John Blake (D – Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe) – Minority Vice Chair – (570) 207-2881

Sen. James Brewster (D – Allegheny, Westmoreland) – (412) 380-2242

Sen. Daylin Leach (D – Delaware, Montgomery) – (610) 768-4200

Sen. Judith Schwank (D – Berks) – (610) 929-2151

Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D – Philadelphia) – (215) 533-0440

Sen. Rob Teplitz (D – Dauphin, Perry) – (717) 232-2937

Sen. Sean Wiley (D – Erie) – (814) 453-2515

Sen. John Wozniak (D – Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield) – (814) 266-2277

Raise the Wage PA Applauds Governor Wolf’s Decision to Raise Minimum Wage for State Workers and Contractors

Press Advisory

For more information contact John Dodds 215-557-0822 ext.102 or 267-975-4706

Raise the Wage PA, a state wide coalition of over 60 organizations, applauds Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to raise the minimum wage for state workers and those employed under state contracts.

“The Governor’s action is appropriate in light of the resistance of Republican committees to move legislation to raise the minimum wage for all Pennsylvania workers” said John Dodds, Director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project on behalf of the coalition.  “Legislation to increase the state minimum wage has been blocked in House and Senate Labor and Industry committees for well over a year.”

1.2 million PA workers would get a raise if legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour were enacted.  Recent research by the Keystone Research Center has shown that such a raise would generate $225 million for the state budget.

The Raise the Wage PA coalition has been advocating for a minimum wage increase for well over a year in PA. The coalition is sponsoring a Week of Action for a Fair Minimum Wage, the week of March 13 2016, where people in 13 PA communities will demand action to raise the state minimum wage to at least $10.10, including for tipped workers, with a cost of living escalator.

May 8th Statewide Day of Action

On Thursday, May 8th, members of Raise the Wage PA gathered in 8 cities across the state for a day of action to raise the minimum wage. Hundreds participated in the events, where workers shared what it’s like to scrape by on low wages and advocates expressed their support for increasing the minimum wage.