The Fight for $15 an hour has taken 2016 by storm.
Many major cities have bypassed the Federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour by enacting laws that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in subsequent years.
Fighting for a fair wage around Philadelphia Pennsylvania may take more time than previously expected. In March of 2016, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, signed an executive order to increase the minimum wage of state workers and contracted workers for the state by July. However, the executive order has stalled in the state legislature. While the executive order would’ve only affected a few hundred state workers, the hope was that this executive order would lead the way for further increase in the state minimum wage.
Pennsylvania is 1 of 20 states that hasn’t changed it’s state minimum wage to surpass federal minimum wage, but not for lack of trying,
While the Fight For $15 rages on, the economic impact of the increasing minimum wage remains to be seen. Some major cities feel that the fight for a minimum wage increase will affect their cities for the better. Here are some cities that are paving the way for the minimum wage increase.
- Seattle, WA: Seattle stepped up and stepped out by being one of the first major cities to increase their minimum wage to $15 an hour. By 2017, larger companies will be required to offer a $15 minimum wage with hopes to expand city-wide by 2021
- Emeryville, CA: The Emeryville City Council surpassed the Fight for $15 and sailed to $16 an hour instead. The City’s minimum wage will increase to $16 an hour by 2019.
- Pittsburgh, PA: Pennsylvania’s own Pittsburgh will be increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021.
TMH Law has been fighting for a fair wage around Philadelphia Pennsylvania long before the fight for $15 was taking shape. Contact us today!