Lawmaker, activists call for minimum wage hike

 

It's time for Pennsylvania to join neighboring states and raise the minimum wage.

That's the message from a leading Senate Democrat and a coalition of groups organizing "Vote PA Workers a Raise" statewide action day today.

Pennsylvania workers is $7.25 and has not been raised since 2006.

Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D., Phila.) - who led the fight to raise the minimum wage almost a decade ago - is asking Senate Labor and Industry Committee chairwoman Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne) to consider her proposal to bump up the wage once again.

Tartaglione's bills would increase the state minimum to $10.10 by 2016 (SB1300) and establish a tipping wage of 70 percent of the minimum (SB 1099) . 

In her letter, Tartaglione said workers are finding it more difficult to make ends meet, particularly in the wake of the recession. She points to U.S. Labor Department statistics that show that states that have raised the wage have not seen a slow-down in job growth and in fact are adding more jobs than states that took no action on wages.

A call to Baker last week was not immediately returned.

Also today rallies will be held in 10 Pennsylvania cities, including Philadelphia, Media and Morrisville, in support of the wage hike. Organizers with Raise the Wage PA, which include unions , faith-based groups and community groups, estimate that 1 million Pennsylvaina workers receive the minimum wage.

 

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