State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, who introduced Senate Bill 1300 calling for an increased minimum wage rate in Pennsylvania, was part of a group that marched to Gov. Tom Corbett's office in Philadelphia on Monday to demand action on a higher minimum wage.
The protest was part of 10 rallies organized around the state by Raise the Wage PA to urge lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.
Corbett has refused to consider a wage increase.
“We continue our fight because Pennsylvania is falling behind dozens of other states that have already agreed that raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do,” Tartaglione said. “Our front-line workers have not been able to sustain themselves on $7.25 an hour for years. Mandating that they receive a fairer $10.10 an hour would be good for them and it would be good for their employers and their communities. Most studies show that a more livable minimum wage will help more than it will hurt.”
Twenty-three states and Washington D.C. have higher base hourly wages than Pennsylvania. Ten of those states, and the nation’s capital, raised their minimum wages this year.
Raise the Wage PA rallies were also held in Allentown, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Media, Morrisville, Pittsburgh, Reading and York.