Labor, Industry Secretary Visits Small Business in York to Call for Legislative Action to Raise Pennsylvania Minimum Wage

The BCP deputies have not voted in favor of raising the minimum wage since 2006

York, Pennsylvania – Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Jennifer Berrier today called for long overdue action by the General Assembly to raise the terrible minimum wage of the British community during a visit with US Carol Hill-Evans to York City Pretzel Company, business that supports Governor Wolf’s proposal to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $ 12 an hour by $ 15 by 2028.

“At L&I, we strive to make jobs as safe as possible, and that includes providing economic security for workers whenever and wherever we can. Currently, Pennsylvania employers can legally choose to pay their workers just $ 7.25 an hour. This is poverty – equal pay in exchange for a fair working day by some of the most vulnerable people in our workforce. This is simply unacceptable, “said Secretary Berie.” The Wolf administration supports a plan that ends the legal exploitation of hourly workers and removes the minimum wage for workers with a tip of $ 2.83 per hour. We believe that a fair minimum wage for all workers helps tips workers, two-thirds of whom are women. “

Gov. Tom Wolff’s plan proposes raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $ 12 an hour by July 1, 2022, with a path to a universal fair minimum wage of $ 15 an hour by 2028. The proposal will help workers regain lost purchasing power. after the minimum wage was set at $ 7.25 per hour to match the federal minimum wage more than a decade ago. According to the Keystone Research Center, if the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity growth since the late 1960s, it would be more than $ 24 an hour in Pennsylvania today.

Governor Wolf has repeatedly called on the General Assembly to adopt SB 12, sponsored by Senator Tina Tartalione, or HB 345, sponsored by Representative Patti Kim, to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $ 12 per hour up to $ 15 and eliminate local advance payments. -Emptying. The adoption of the two bills will reinforce the administration’s goal of putting workers first and, for the first time since 2006, raising the Community minimum wage through legislation.

In his remarks, Secretary Berrier emphasized the achievement of the Department’s final regulations, which change the rules of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act by updating the way employers pay workers with tips and ensuring that employees with variable schedules receive appropriate benefits. compensation for overtime work.

At today’s event, Secretary Berie and Representative Hill-Evans toured the York City Pretzel Company building on East Market Street in York and spoke with co-owner Philip Given, who shared why, despite inaction by Harrisburg lawmakers, his store chose to pay employees. starting salary of $ 12 per hour.

“For us, a successful business starts with a successful team,” Given said. “It is important for us as a company to hire and advocate for the support of all employees in our industry. If we expect our employees to treat the customer and the product with respect, they must be treated with respect and this starts with their starting salary in our company. “

“By raising their starting wages and offering benefits beyond higher pay, the York City Pretzel Company is helping to lead the way in providing a fairer life for workers in Central Pennsylvania,” said Hill-Evans. “Raising the minimum wage will help workers – especially women – who make up a disproportionate number of people working in low-paid jobs. The York Pretzel Company is a great example of how a business can improve the quality of life of workers, increase economic security and reduce the pay gap while maintaining a successful business. “

Thirty states, including all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors, have higher minimum wages of $ 7.25 an hour. Surveys show that the public strongly supports raising the minimum wage. In the last two decades, there have been referendums on raising the minimum wage in 20 states, most recently in Florida – each is accepted. It is estimated that approximately 42 percent of the U.S. workforce will earn at least $ 15 an hour by 2026.

If the legislature takes action to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, more than 618,400 women will receive a direct pay increase – nearly 21 percent of all women working in the community. With most low-paid jobs held by women in Pennsylvania, the current minimum wage only promises to worsen the gender pay gap.

Legislative action on Governor Wolf’s proposal would also be of direct benefit to 26.2% of people of color, including:

  • 31.9 percent of Spanish-speaking workers
  • 26.3 percent of black (non-Hispanic) workers
  • 15.7 percent of Asian (non-Hispanic) workers
  • 25.8 percent of other races / ethnicities

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Videos and photos from today’s event are available at PAcast.com.

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