‘We need to work together’: Lawmakers, labor leaders call for unity ahead of Labor Day

BY: - August 31, 2022

'This Labor Day, we have so much to celebrate, and yet, we still have so much work to do,' Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said.

Report: Tight labor market offers ‘new possibilities’ for Pa. workers | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 31, 2022

In July, the state's labor market was 131K people below its pre-pandemic peak.

On anniversary of last minimum wage increase, advocates call for a raise | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 23, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  This Sunday marks 13 years since the federal minimum wage was last raised, the longest period in history without an increase. The federal minimum wage was at its peak purchasing power in 1968, when the minimum wage was worth $13.86 in 2022 dollars, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator. “Every day without a raise is another day […]


Earth to the Pa. Legislature: Raise the minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - July 7, 2022

As long as Pennsylvania’s minimum wage remains at $7.25 per-hour, it feeds the growth of inequality.

Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

BY: - June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C. on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during a […]

Changes to Pa. Minimum Wage Act, modernizing rules for tipped workers, to take effect in August

BY: - May 11, 2022

The final-form regulations, unanimously approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission in late March and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 7, make several key changes to the 1968 Minimum Wage Act  regarding tipped workers, including aligning state law with federal regulations on tip credits and tip pooling. 

‘Something needs to change’: Wolf admin, Casey, state lawmakers call for action on wage gap

BY: - March 15, 2022

Calling unequal pay practices “antiquated” and “absurd,” Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf  didn’t mince words about the importance of pay equity in the commonwealth. 


New Wolf admin. rule would aid Pa.’s tipped workers | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 23, 2022

The proposed regulation, now before a state oversight panel, would impose 'robust and modernized guardrails' to protect tipped workers, officials said.


At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 23, 2021

(A scheduling note: This newsletter will be off until 1/3/2022 for a holiday break. From all of us at the Capital-Star, our best wishes for a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.) Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With more than two-dozen states set to hike their minimum wage in 2022, the Democratic Wolf administration is urging the […]


The ongoing fight over raising the minimum wage shows why the data is so important | Opinion

BY: - October 22, 2021

Studying the real world is difficult, and it’s constantly changing, so it is not easy to obtain all the relevant evidence


Don’t leave out wage preemption in the fight to raise Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - August 12, 2021

Research shows that tying wage increases to inflation does not truly solve the larger issue at hand

Amid inflation and staffing shortages, is now the time for Pa.’s minimum wage to increase?

BY: - August 4, 2021

Despite years of lobbying by low-wage workers and their advocates, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has stalled at the federal level, $7.25 an hour, for over a decade. But with a faltering economic recovery caused by the surge of COVID-19 delta variant cases, ongoing labor shortages across Pennsylvania and troubling signs of inflation, is now finally the […]