Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a plan today to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1 and $15 by 2025. The plan calls for annual cost-of-living increases after that.
PSEA President Rich Askey voiced support for the proposal, which would lift wages for thousands of PSEA members.
“More than 1 million Pennsylvania workers are not paid what they should be,” Askey said. “Their paychecks need to better reflect the many responsibilities they take on for their employers. We applaud Gov. Wolf for making those hardworking Pennsylvanians a priority.”
A decade without a raise
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage — at $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal rate — has not been increased since 2009. More than half of the states, including every one of Pennsylvania’s neighbors, have set higher minimum wages.
If enacted, the governor’s plan would lift the wages of thousands of school support professionals who work as classroom aides, custodians, maintenance staff, and office secretaries.
“The governor’s minimum wage plan will lift wages for the professionals who work with our students to improve their reading skills, cook and serve their lunches, greet them when they arrive at school each morning, and maintain safe, healthy, and clean buildings,” Askey said.
An economy that works for everyone
PSEA believes that Pennsylvanians who are responsible, work hard, and play by the rules should have every opportunity to succeed. This plan will help accomplish that while also boosting the economy by putting more money in the pockets of working families who will spend it at local businesses on the basics they need.
“By paying people fair wages for an honest day’s work, we can create an economy that works for everyone,” Askey said.
Learn more about the governor’s proposal, share your story, and urge your lawmakers to support a raise for working Pennsylvanians.