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March 30, 2021 - HARRISBURG, PA

L&I Acting Secretary Calls for One Fair Minimum Wage for All Pennsylvania Workers

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier was joined by Senator Jay Costa, Representative Sara Innamorato, and bartender and server Richard Gegick to call for an increase to Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $12 per hour with a path to $15 and an elimination of the tipped wage to provide One Fair Wage to all workers to benefit working families and local economies.

"Over the past decade, prices for housing, food and essentials have increased significantly while the minimum wage earned by Pennsylvanians has remained stagnant," said acting Secretary Berrier. "Moreover, many employees in the service industry make a lower tipped wage of only $2.83. Hardworking Pennsylvanians deserve better. We need a $15 minimum wage, and we need to eliminate the tipped wage and provide one fair wage to all workers."

Governor Tom Wolf is proposing to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15 by 2027, boosting incomes for nearly 1.1 million workers and putting $4.4 billion into the pockets of Pennsylvania workers in the first year. Raising the wage to $12 an hour will inject an additional $116 million into Pennsylvania's economy; an increase to $15 will bolster Pennsylvania's economy by $321 million in 2027.