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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…

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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.

“An economy that forces full-time workers to toil in poverty is clearly in need of repair. While corporations shower their executives with extravagant bonuses, lavish benefits and golden parachutes, they force their own employees to supplement meager wages with government assistance programs, all at the taxpayers’ expense. It’s time for employers to pay their fair share and for workers to get a fair shake,” Leach said.
 
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