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 […]


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.


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.


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?

Biden to order $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contract workers

BY: - April 27, 2021

The order will go into effect Jan. 30 of next year, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration.


With the Fight for $15 in a holding pattern, do two new bills point the way to a deal? | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 25, 2021

State Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, wants to boost the wage to $10 an hour. No one's saying no, but nor are they saying yes -- yet.


‘It is a heavy load to carry’: New Brookings report recommends pay hikes, labor reforms for essential workers | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 19, 2021

'Sometimes it feels like you are carrying a car up a mountain,' one essential worker said of the burden of the pandemic.


Denied for now in D.C., advocates keep up the fight for $15 in Harrisburg | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 9, 2021

New polling data from a progressive nonprofit shows majority support for a wage hike in the Keystone State