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By the Numbers: What a $15 an hour minimum wage means in Pennsylvania

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf previewed a key part of his 2019 budget plan; a $12/hour minimum wage starting on July 1, 2019, with a 50 cent increase every year until 2025.  All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage, while our Commonwealth has neglected to take any action.  2,004,000 The number of Pennsylvanians that would get a raise if the minimum wage were $15/an hour.  That’s one in three workers across our state.  Pennsylvania has long struggled with raising revenue to support basic services; but by raising wages we lift people out of financial depression and poverty, create stronger communities and alleviate dependence on assistance. Read More

Two Important Workshops Discussed at 2019 Legislative Conference

At the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Legislative Conference this week, union delegates had the opportunity to participate in two breakout sessions, taking a deeper dive into issues affecting working people across Pennsylvania.  The panel discussions connected economic and legislative policies and union-led solutions.  Over the course of 2019, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be revisiting these issues, their many facets and their implications for the Commonwealth’s workers. Read More