SEIU PA Stands Ready to Fight for $15 and Union
Harrisburg – Today, as Governor Tom Wolf stood with Pennsylvania workers to announce a proposal to put all Pennsylvanians on a path to $15, SEIU PA leaders released the following statement:
“Pennsylvania workers who provide our commonwealth’s most critical services have seen their wages stagnate while those at the top receive an ever-increasing share of the wealth. Our neighbors in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland have all raised wages and standards of living for workers, while here in Pennsylvania our minimum wage is actually 10 cents below the federal minimum wage,” said Matt Yarnell, President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU PA State Council. “There is a commonsense solution – raise the minimum wage while ensuring that all workers have the right to join together in union to bargain for better wages, benefits, and quality of life.”
“Raising the minimum wage would make a real difference in my life. Just a couple more dollars an hour would allow me to do more than just survive from paycheck to paycheck. I could afford rent on my own and wouldn’t have to choose which bill I can leave for next month,” said homecare worker Stephanie Williams.
“Governor Wolf is standing in solidarity with homecare and childcare workers who care for our most vulnerable populations while barely earning enough to care for their own families,” said Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668. “It’s time to turn all Pennsylvania jobs into family sustaining jobs. SEIU members stand ready to get all Pennsylvanians on a path to $15, and will push to get there on the most aggressive schedule possible.”