Minimum Wage: Now is the time to make your voice heard.
As you know, advocates for a fair economy, including We The People-PA, have been working to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania for years.
Critical decisions will be made in the next weeks that will determine whether our legislators stand with working people or with the wealthy corporations that oppose raising the wage. Every state legislator, Democrat and Republican, needs to hear from you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Every state surrounding our commonwealth has raised its minimum wage, while Pennsylvania’s remains at a dismal $7.25, where it was 14 years ago.
Our low minimum wage hurts workers, most of whom who are adults, and many of whom have children. And it undermines local businesses who would benefit from more money being put in the hands of their customers.
This tool allows you to contact your state legislators to demand that they embrace Governor Shapiro’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on January 1, 2024, and also that they give our counties and cities the right to set an even higher minimum wage if that fits their local economic conditions. Given the size and breadth of our state and its varied economic conditions, it is imperative that every county and municipal government have an opportunity to set a wage appropriate for their community.
We also want to finally end the tipped minimum wage, which harms service workers and leads to high rates of sexual harassment
We Pennsylvanians deserve better than poverty-level wages and stagnant economic growth. And an overwhelming majority of us support an increased minimum wage and an economy that lifts all working people.
1. We need an increase in the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2024.
2. We need local communities to have the right to raise their minimum wage above the state level if that works for their local economic conditions.
3. We need to index the minimum wage to inflation after the increase to $15 per hour.
4. We need one fair wage for all workers, eliminating a sub-minimum wage for tipped workers.
5. We need strong enforcement of laws against wage theft, including the increase of fines on employers who steal their employees’ wages.
Click "Start Writing" to contact your state legislators and tell them to publicly support raising the minimum wage, today!