Rally Urges Raising Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage
June 4, 2014
HARRISBURG- As hundreds chanted, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, $7.25 has got to
go,"lawmakers and union officials filled the Capitol Rotunda to urge
legislative leaders and the Governor to end their opposition to increasing
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.
SEIU Local 668 President Kathy Jellison said the
state’s base hourly rate of $7.25 is so low that "people who work 40 hours
a week are eligible for public assistance."
Sen. Tartaglione has proposed four of the 13 bills
introduced this session to increase the minimum wage or the tipped minimum
wage. Her main proposal would increase Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $10.10 an
hour by 2016. Minimum wage increases under her legislation (Senate Bill 1300)
would be tied to cost of living adjustments once the base hourly rate hits
$10.10. The bill would also raise the tipped minimum wage from $2.83/hour
to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage.