minimum-wage

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. 

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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.

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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It’s time to give Pa. a raise: Lawmakers, Wolf should not wait to increase the minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - June 21, 2021

People’s struggles to pay for fundamentals like housing have been made even more evident over the last 15 months.

This Pgh ice cream parlor pays $15/hr, filled all its positions, and didn’t raise prices. How it happened

BY: - May 26, 2021

Overall restaurant employment in the Pittsburgh region is still down more than 12,000 jobs compared to April 2019.

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Barber, Poor People’s Campaign call for ‘3rd Reconstruction’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 25, 2021

The question posed by the Rev. Dr. William Barber on the real cost of inequality, and the toll it exacts on all of us, demands an answer.

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There’s a workforce crisis in human services that funding alone can’t fix | Opinion

BY: - May 12, 2021

How can we hire quality staff to support the individuals in our programs if we can’t offer them a living wage, let alone a quality rate?