5 results for tag: Pennsylvania


Gov. Wolf calls for minimum wage bump

By Brian Myszkowski July 24, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf is on a mission to raise the pay rate for Pennsylvania workers, calling attention to a minimum wage that has remained stagnant for 11 years as of Friday. Since July 24, 2009, the commonwealth’s wage floor has sat at $7.25 per hour, the result of an increase by the federal government. Wolf has called on the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage, highlighting the dire circumstances faced by those struggling to get by in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially essential and front-line workers. “Today is a sad reminder that across the state many workers are on the job and ...

Economist’s Advice for Waiters and Tipped Workers: Submit Unemployment Claims Now

By Stephania Jimenez March 27, 2020 Waiters and waitresses are among the lowest-paid workers in the United States. And times are getting harder for them during the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m concerned they may be hurting the most,” said Villanova Economics Professor David Fiorenza. As businesses close as a result of the outbreak, more workers have filed unemployment claims. Pennsylvanians filed 650,000 unemployment claims over an 11-day period, state labor statistics released Thursday show. ... Minimum-wage earners in Pennsylvania make $7.25 an hour. However, because servers also receive tips, employers can pay them a minimum ...

‘Shame on us’ Labor & Industry secretary says of Pa.’s stalled minimum wage

By Cassie Miller Embarrassing. That’s the one word that Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak and his top deputy used Wednesday to describe Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which has been mired at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade. The two Wolf administration officials made the case for a wage hike during the agency’s annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. They told the Republican-controlled panel that the Legislature’s lack of movement on the issue has been “frustrating.” The Labor & Industry Department is currently spending slightly more than $80 million, according to data from the ...

Gov. Wolf Proposes Minimum Wage Increase for Sixth Time

January 29, 2020 by Gant Team Gov. Tom Wolf is building on his commitment to help hardworking Pennsylvanians. On Tuesday, the governor joined legislators and workers to renew his call to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15. Later this week, the governor’s plan to extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers will be considered by the state’s rule-making board. The General Assembly has not passed a minimum wage increase in more than a decade, despite wide public support and many Pennsylvanians working full-time and multiple jobs but still unable to afford their lives, according to the ...

Highlights of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage legislation

Nov 20, 2019 by The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Senate has passed compromise legislation to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage for the first time since 2009 in a deal with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. However, Wolf gave up a number of concessions to win its passage, and its prospects in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives aren’t clear. Here is a look at the bill: THE WAGE Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, currently set at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour since 2009, would rise in four steps to $9.50 over the next two years. On July 1, 2020, the wage would rise to $8 an ...