Working & The Economy
This plan for universal paid family leave in Pa. has bipartisan support. Will it ever become law?
When Jackie Swain’s infant daughter, Emersyn, was diagnosed with a rare heart disease in 2018, the Montgomery County resident took a sobering look at the options before her. Swain could hire someone to care for Emersyn while she and her husband worked. Or she could quit her job as a cake decorator, which paid an […]
Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will they do anything?
Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave. But they disagree on how to do it.
West coast conservative group attempts to sway public workers to leave unions
At a quick Capitol press conference on Tuesday, the Freedom Foundation, part of the Koch-funded State Policy Network, announced it would begin knocking on doors, phone banking and mass-texting public sector union employees encouraging them to leave their unions.
Wolf renews call for $15/hr. minimum wage. GOP isn’t interested
"It's past time to raise the minimum wage," Wolf said during a Capitol news conference, where he was flanked by lawmakers, labor activists, and at least two people who said they and their families would benefit from a wage hike.
Workforce recommendations will be a key part of budget proposal, Wolf says
Wolf presented the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center’s report on Pennsylvania’s workforce. The Command Center, which was created last February, made 42 recommendations and outlined five barriers to employment.
In budget sneak peek, Gov. Wolf rolls out $12.35M grant program to fund manufacturing research
Surrounded by exposed steel beams and robotic arms, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan to invest $12.35 million in advanced manufacturing research at colleges and universities across the commonwealth.
Where are all the Hispanic executives? How Pittsburgh explains the gap | Analysis
Pittsburgh is the only large city in the U.S. to nearly reach equity. Hispanics comprise 1.3 percent of the city’s executive workforce and 1.4 percent of its overall labor market.
Philadelphia anti-poverty group appoints new president and executive director
Renée Cardwell Hughes, a lawyer and former judge, said the OIC’s mission of combating poverty and unemployment is more relevenant than ever before.
Pa., 13 states sue to stop Trump food stamps cuts, report
Democratic state attorneys general in 14 states, including Pennsylvania are suing in federal court to block a new Trump administration rule to tighten work requirements for food stamps recipients, according to a published report. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., accuses the administration of, among other things, “arbitrarily [reversing] a […]
Dept. of Banking and Securities aims to boost financial literacy, savings for Pa. women
“Through strategic partnerships, the goal of ‘Investing in Women’ is to evaluate investment habits, stereotypes and obstacles for women and reduce the gender gap through education, awareness and research,” Wiessmann said during a Capitol news conference, where she was joined by lawmakers and a prominent advocate.
House GOP retaliates against Wolf’s overtime proposal
In a party-line vote, the House Labor and Industry Committee voted Monday to pass a resolution expressing their opposition to the proposed regulatory move, which would give 143,000 workers who make less $45,500 a year time-and-a-half pay.
Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?
As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.