On Tuesday, May 5, the Senate Labor & Industry Committee held hearings on the impacts of raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Workers, business owners, economists and advocates, organized by Raise the Wage PA, testified in favor of raising the wage. As usual, opposition lobbying groups were there to trot out the usual misinformation and distortion that they like to use to prevent workers from earning a decent wage. However, supporters who testified did a great job pushing back and showing that raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 is good for workers, good for business, and good for the economy.
PUP members, along with ROC Philly, UUPLAN, PA Working Families, & others mobilized to attend the hearing, lobby our elected officials, and participate in a press conference following the hearing.
Check out news coverage and photos below:
PUP members in Philadelphia getting ready to head to Harrisburg for the hearing.
Workers and advocates gather after the hearing, just before splitting up to lobby their elected officials.
Maria Perez, a childcare workers from Philadelphia, testifies about the difficulties of raising her daughter on poverty wages.