Union members across Pennsylvania will rally at event sponsored by the Raise the Wage PA Coalition from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 to demonstrate support for raising the state's minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour.
Events will occur in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Erie, Allentown, York, Altoona, Media, Morrisville and Reading in an effort to highlight how the upcoming elections will largely determine if a raise in minimum wage would occur. It is one of the contrasting issues among candidates for governor. The democratic candidate for governor, Tom Wolf, supports the notion, while incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett does not.
Rick Bloomingdale, the president of the Raise the Wage PA Coalition, said an increase in minimum wage would boost Pennsylvania's economy.
“Increasing the minimum wage will give our state a much-needed boost because every additional dollar goes right back into local communities,” Bloomingdale said.
The campaign intends to address the issues of wage theft and poverty wages. The minimum wage issue is one of fairness and dignity for low-wage workers and business owners alike, Coalition Secretary and Treasurer Frank Snyder said.
“Companies should not be allowed to profit by paying poverty wages and forcing their employees to rely on assistance to feed, clothe and shelter their families,” Snyder said.