We The People-PA: Fight for a Fair Wage in Pennsylvania!

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Every state surrounding our commonwealth has raised its minimum wage, while Pennsylvania’s remains at a dismal $7.25, where it was 14 years ago.

In his budget address, Governor Shapiro boldly called on the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage to $15 on January 1, 2024.

Use our online tool to contact your state representative and senator to urge them to adopt the governor’s proposal.

Our low minimum wage hurts workers, most of whom who are adults, and many of whom have children. And it undermines local businesses who would benefit from more money being put in the hands of their customers.

And not only should we raise the minimum wage statewide, we should allow local governments—counties and municipalities to raise the wage above the state level. The cost of living varies from one part of the state to another, the local minimum wage should be all to meet those local conditions.  

And it’s also time to create one fair wage and end the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers which impoverishes workers and encourages sexual harassment in the service industry.  

Please use our online tool to contact your state legislators to demand that they embrace Governor Shapiro’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on January 1, 2024 and also that they give our counties and cities the right to set an even higher minimum wage if that fits their local economic conditions.

We Pennsylvanians deserve better than poverty-level wages and stagnant economic growth. And an overwhelming majority of us support an increased minimum wage and an economy that lifts all working people.

1. We need an increase in the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2024.

2. We need local communities to have the right to raise their minimum wage above the state level if that works for their local economic conditions.

3. We need to index the minimum wage to inflation after the increase to $15 per hour.

4. We need one fair wage for all workers, eliminating a sub-minimum wage for tipped workers.

5. We need strong enforcement of laws against wage theft, including the increase of fines on employers who steal their employees’ wages.

Use this link to take action tocontact your state legislators and tell them to publicly support raising the minimum wage, ending the tip minimum wage, and allowing local government to set their own, higher minimum wage, today!

Thanks for your help,

The WTP-PA Team

We The People – PA is a campaign working to ensure that all Pennsylvanians can thrive. We advocate for bold action from state lawmakers to keep our families safe during today’s emergency—and to build a stronger, healthier, and more just future.

We The People – Pennsylvania, 412 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 | 717-255-7156

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The 99% Pennsylvania is a campaign of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, focused on advancing federal policies that will benefit the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians. Ali Feldman is the federal organizing associate for the campaign.

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