Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm en Legislation Could Raise PA Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-could-raise-pa-minimum-wage-1010-hour <p>A Pennsylvania lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over the next two years.</p><p>Under Senate Bill 1300, the minimum wage would jump to $8.20 an hour beginning July 1, 2014. On Jan. 1, 2015, wages would increase again to $9.50 an hour and then $10.10 an hour one year later.</p><p>The bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia), said after that, it will be up to local governments to set the wage.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:06:30 +0000 Michael Lynch 26115 at http://wesa.fm Bill in PA House Would Make It Illegal for Cities to Set Minimum Wage, Require Sick Leave http://wesa.fm/post/bill-pa-house-would-make-it-illegal-cities-set-minimum-wage-require-sick-leave <p>It’s not uncommon for individual municipalities to set a minimum wage that is higher than the state- and federally-mandated rate. As of Jan. 1, San Franciscans are making at least $10.55 an hour, compared to the California minimum wage of $8.</p><p>Now, state representative Seth Grove (R-York) wants to make that kind of municipal legislation illegal in Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:46:41 +0000 Liz Reid 23507 at http://wesa.fm PA's Minimum Wage Becomes Campaign Fodder For Gubernatorial Candidates http://wesa.fm/post/pas-minimum-wage-becomes-campaign-fodder-gubernatorial-candidates <p>Recent rumblings over the Pennsylvania minimum wage may foreshadow a flashpoint in the gubernatorial election.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, has expressed uneasiness with the idea of raising the state’s 7.25 dollar wage.<br /><br />"I’m not going to go into details right now," he said. "I’ve made a statement on that before and I’m going to stay by that."<br /><br />He told the Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre he’s concerned raising the wage may put a damper on Pennsylvania’s economy.<br /> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:13:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 22008 at http://wesa.fm PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm/post/pa-auditor-general-urges-officials-raise-state-s-minimum-wage <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on Gov. Tom Corbett and the Legislature to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25.</p><p>“As the state’s fiscal watchdog, I think this would be good for the state budget," DePasquale said. "I believe it would help stimulate the economy and most importantly, it’s just the right thing to do to put money in the pockets of working families who have gone without a raise for far too long."</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:34:12 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21604 at http://wesa.fm PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage PA Minimum Wage Battle Heats Up http://wesa.fm/post/pa-minimum-wage-battle-heats <p>As the national debate <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/12/06/249275617/debate-on-wage-and-wealth-gap-heats-up-solutions-elusive">continues</a> over an increase to the federal minimum wage, politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out about Pennsylvania’s version of the pay floor.</p><p>Currently, state law sets the minimum hourly wage at $7.25, which in line with the national law. Washington D.C. and 19 states have a higher minimum.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 21349 at http://wesa.fm Legislation to Raise State Minimum Wage to $9 an Hour Enters Senate http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-raise-state-minimum-wage-9-hour-enters-senate <p>California lawmakers recently approved legislation to raise their state minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015.</p><p>State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelpia) has introduced similar legislation that would increase Pennsylvania minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:57:29 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 16743 at http://wesa.fm Workers Demonstrate for Fair Wage & Commemorate March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/workers-demonstrate-fair-wage-commemorate-march-washington <p>The group One Pittsburgh is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by staging a protest at the Strip District McDonald’s drive thru, Saturday. Protest organizer, Calvin Skinner says people often forget that the 1963 March on Washington was titled, “the march for jobs and freedom.”</p><p>“The March on Washington was always about Civil Rights,” says Skinner “But also about economic rights and economic justice and that’s a story that is not told. It’s a place where we’ve lost significant ground in this country.” Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:28:25 +0000 Heather McClain 15374 at http://wesa.fm Workers Demonstrate for Fair Wage & Commemorate March on Washington Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm/post/trying-live-minimum-wage <p>Originally meant to protect American workers from being exploited, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 and set mandatory federal minimum wages at 25 cents per hour.&nbsp; In the years following, congress and the President acted to raise minimum wage to keep up with inflation and productivity. Around the 1980’s, it became much more difficult to get a labor wage bill out of congress and the term “living wage” circulates to replace the widely criticized minimum wage.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pittsburgh-workers-protest-for-higher-wages-696763/">Many protesters</a> and researchers find that the minimum wage does not reflect the actual cost of living and no longer keeps pace with the country’s economic growth. Labor Economist <strong>Mark Price</strong> of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org">Keystone Research Center</a> in Harrisburg shares his statistical findings and suggestions for improvement.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:57:35 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14320 at http://wesa.fm Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage Reporting Wage Violations at Pennsylvania Hotels http://wesa.fm/post/reporting-wage-violations-pennsylvania-hotels <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-114e77cb-d02e-de1d-a735-1ab4103028e6" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country -- behind Texas, Alabama and Florida -- for the number of hotels with labor law violations, according to the Department of Labor and a <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/pa-fourth-us-for-breaking-hotel-wage-and-hour-laws">recent PublicSource story</a>. This includes wage and child labor violations. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">PublicSource Reporter Leah Samuel says because many hotel workers are low skilled and in the hospitality industry, where tips may be given, they’re especially vulnerable to wage violations. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“In Pennsylvania, you can actually pay someone as low as $2.83 an hour if they receive tips,”&nbsp; Samuel explains. So even if a hotel worker normally gets paid at or above the minimum wage, when it comes to overtime, the rate might be 1.5 times that $2.83, which is illegal. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“It’s supposed to be 1.5 times the regular wage they would receive, minus something called the ‘tip credit’.”</span> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:17:51 +0000 Heather McClain 12974 at http://wesa.fm Reporting Wage Violations at Pennsylvania Hotels Low-Wage Pittsburgh Workers to Obama Administration Official: Raise the Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm/post/low-wage-pittsburgh-workers-obama-administration-official-raise-minimum-wage <p></p><p>Hannah Williams works for a temp agency where she makes minimum wage: $7.25 per hour. The single mother also goes to school. She said her job doesn’t provide the living she and needs. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:16:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 1976 at http://wesa.fm Low-Wage Pittsburgh Workers to Obama Administration Official: Raise the Minimum Wage