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As more states add paid family leave, advocates say there’s a need for federal policy
When the Minnesota legislature was debating a paid sick leave bill last year, business owners argued that such a law would not allow them to provide as many employee “perks” or be as “adaptive” to employee needs as they say they would be without such a requirement. But a half dozen witnesses made a case […]
Innamorato raises minimum wage for hundreds of Allegheny County workers
A day after being sworn in, Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato bumped the minimum wage for non-union county workers from $12 to $18 per hour.
Sara Innamorato sworn in as Allegheny County Executive
The first woman elected to one of western Pennsylvania’s most powerful positions, Innamorato laid out an ambitious agenda for her first term.
Commentary: Will 2024 be the year Pennsylvania finally raises its minimum wage?
This isn’t a pioneering policy, we aren’t blazing any trails. We’re eating the dust of 30 states that have already figured this out and raised their minimum wage, writes Claire Kovach of the Keystone Research Center.
Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus
State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) had introduced the Fairness Act, to extend Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination law to LGBTQ+ people, in every legislative session since 2001 before it passed in the state House this spring. Five months after lawmakers sent House Bill 300 to the Republican-controlled Senate with a bipartisan 102-98 vote, the historic legislation remains on […]
Bradford calls school vouchers ‘very problematic’ but adds House Dems didn’t say ‘hell no’
The Pa. House Majority Leader talked school vouchers, the Pa. primary date, and working with Senate Republicans at a Monday appearance.
Workers in Pennsylvania continue to have, and use, real leverage over employers
Wages have kept up with inflation, and a tight labor market continues to give workers more leverage than they’ve had in decades. But divided legislative branches at the state and federal level mean progress toward other improvements for workers’ conditions often stalls, and is why there’s “zero chance of enacting a major pro-worker labor law […]
Ohio voters are deciding if it’s too easy to pass ballot measures. Other states are watching.
CLEVELAND — Ohioans over the last century have used the state’s ballot initiative process to pass constitutional amendments that raised the minimum wage, integrated the National Guard and removed the phrase “white male” from the constitution’s list of voter eligibility requirements. Now, lawmakers want to make it much tougher for an initiative to be approved. […]
Pa. unemployment rate drops to record low of 3.8% in June | Five for the Weekend
The commonwealth’s June 2023 unemployment rate is one-half of a percentage point below its June 2022 rate of 4.3%, state data shows.
As Pa. sees record number of SNAP recipients, advocates call for a minimum wage increase
Pennsylvania recorded its highest-ever number of food-assistance recipients — nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians — in June, alarming already strained charitable food pantries and increasing concern among researchers and anti-hunger advocates. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services reported that in June 5,000 additional residents had enrolled in SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, bringing the […]