On International Workers’ Day, Philly workers demand #RaiseTheWage
On International Workers’ Day, Philadelphia workers will uphold the holiday’s bold history of struggle by demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour in the city and across the state of Pennsylvania.
Fast food and other low-wage workers will announce on Friday their intention to place a home rule charter amendment question on the ballot in November that presents an opportunity for the residents of Philadelphia to vote in support of a $15 minimum wage. Organizers believe the referendum will put pressure on state legislators to raise the minimum wage across the state.
Workers have scheduled a rally outside a McDonalds located on 40th and Walnut Streets at 2 p.m.
They will be joined by State Senator Daylin Leach, who this week announced legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation and eliminate the tipped minimum wage.