On Thursday, June 23rd, members of PUP and ROC Philly took a bus to Harrisburg to attend a Senate Labor & Industry Committee meeting. Legislation that could be used to raise the minimum wage was being considered, and we packed the room with advocates to make sure that they know we're keeping an eye on them. The committee voted to move the bill forward, and it could have been a vehicle to raise the wage in the state budget discussions. Unfortunately, the budget passed without any increase in the minimum wage. The fight isn't over, and we will continue to push our elected officials until PA has a fair minimum wage.
Check out news coverage and photos from the event:
Also, check out recent polling that shows 74% of PA voters, including 54% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.
Getting Ready to pull out from Philly. (credit: Mike Dougherty)
Arriving in Harrisburg.
We packed the room.
They sure knew we were there.
Meet Robert (top) & Travis (bottom), who were both recently hired at new jobs by working with PUP staff and volunteers. They're both extremely happy to be back to work. Robert is pictured with Nadina Patterson, a PUP volunteer and board member who has been assisting jobs club members connect to employers.