Raising the Minimum Wage

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It's about time we increase PA's minimum wage

RESPECT: Take it to $12

“More than 1 million Pennsylvania workers are not paid what they should be. 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.”

- PSEA President, Rich Askey

 

PSEA supports Gov. Wolf's plan because...

  • Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal rate.

  • On Jan. 30, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a raise in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, effective July 1, 2019, with annual 50-cents-an-hour increases until the wage reaches $15 an hour in 2025 and annual cost-of-living increases after that.

  • Every one of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states has set a higher minimum wage, ranging from $8.55 an hour in Ohio to $11.10 in New York.

  • A raise in the minimum wage will lift wages for the dedicated education support professionals who help students 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.

Get the facts

Pennsylvania hasn’t increased its minimum wage since 2009, even though Washington, D.C., and 29 other states — including all our neighboring states — have. That means that the paychecks many minimum wage earners take home just aren’t enough to make ends meet.

Share Your Story

The reason this is a top priority for PSEA is simple. No one who earns an hourly wage should need to struggle to make ends meet. And the best way to explain this to lawmakers is to tell the stories of real people who have real financial struggles because Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is too low.

If you have a story, click below to share it — and PSEA will help you tell it.

Let's Get This Done

PSEA strongly supports Gov. Wolf’s plan because we believe that every PSEA member who makes an hourly wage should be able to support his or her family, contribute to the local economy, and not have to struggle to make ends meet. Contact your state legislators today, and encourage them to support Gov. Wolf’s minimum wage plan.

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