Pennsylvania workers haven’t gotten a raise since 2009, when the federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 per hour. For full-time, year-round workers making this wage, that means living below the federal poverty line — $16,240 for a family of two — and earning only $15,080 per year.
This is wrong. All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wages multiple times since 2009. This means that Pennsylvania workers and our commonwealth are falling behind. Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania Senate and House Democrats want to change that.
Despite the decade without a mandated increase from the state or federal government, business owners throughout Pennsylvania have taken it upon themselves to ensure their workers can support themselves through full-time work, and those businesses are thriving.
Real Jobs should come with Real Pay. It’s time to #RaiseTheWage in Pennsylvania.
ELECTED OFFICIALS KICK OFF REAL JOBS, REAL PAY TOUR
(Pennsylvania) --- Elected and appointed officials participated in tours and a statewide day of action on Thursday, May 23rd with businesses that already pay their employees a living wage
Despite a decade without a mandated increase from the state or federal government, business owners throughout Pennsylvania have taken it upon themselves to ensure that their workers are able to support themselves through full-time work, and those businesses are thriving.
Members of the press were invited to attend these tours and ask questions of the legislators and business owners.
Tour stops included:
Advocacy organizations also participated in action events across the state on the 23rd , including stops in Delaware County, Chester County, Lebanon County and Hazelton area.