THIS WEEK’S PRIORITIES

#RaiseTheWage  Way back in February, Gov. Wolf asked PA lawmakers to increase the minimum wage to $12/hour in 2019 and up to $15 by 2025. Increasing the minimum wage would boost family incomes, reduce income inequality, and inject money into PA’s economy. But Republicans in Harrisburg oppose this measure - one that the majority of Pennsylvanians support. Call your State Reps. and ask them to support the governor’s proposal.   Click here to find your rep. It’s particularly important to contact the chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee in the PA General Assembly, Jim Cox (R-129). It’s within his power to schedule hearings on several related bills in the PA House. Ask him to give the wage increase a fair hearing. Berks County can make a difference!

Additional Asks You Can Make:

  • End pre-emption / local control over local minimum wage
  • One fair wage / end of $2.83/hr minimum wage for tipped workers

Talking Points:

  • The minimum wage hasn’t been raised in PA since 2009. In that same time the cost of living has gone up 17%.
  • PA is lagging behind surrounding states like NJ, DE, and NY in terms of their minimum wage, making our state less competitive.
  • Raising the minimum wage reduces the burden on public programs like Medicaid. A modest increase to just $12/hour could save taxpayers more than $150 million.
  • Higher wages = increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and less employee turnover.

UPCOMING EVENTS        

Postcards to Voters Tuesday, September 3rd - 1-3 PM - Park Road Cafe, 840 N. Park Rd., Wyomissing. Come write postcards to voters. Our focus is on the Commissioners race. We have the materials - the goodies are on us!

Berks County Commissioners’ Meeting Thursday, September 5th  - 10 AM - 633 Court St., Reading.

Canvass Kickoff! Sunday, September 8th, 1-4 PM - Franco Bldg., Penn State Berks. It's our canvass kickoff event, with training in the Whys, Whens, and Hows of canvassing -- plus a PARTY & RAFFLE for 2 tickets to the NAACP Freedom Fund Gala at Stokesay Sept. 28th!

Wine, Cheese & Postcards! Sunday, September 15th - 1-4 PM - 211 Maple Ave, Shillington. Just drop in  between 1 and 4PM, grab a glass of wine, and let’s write to our Berks County neighbors about voting in the Commissioners’ race. It doesn't get any easier than this, and the wine, cheese and companionship are free!

Welcome Back to Harrisburg Day of Action! Tuesday, September 17th - 12 PM - PA Capitol, Harrisburg. Join We the People and other allies in welcoming legislators back to the capital with a rally, press conference, and day of lobbying for economic security.

Berks Climate Strike Friday, September 20th - 12-2 PM - City Park, Reading. Hosted by Indivisible Berks, Sunrise Movement Berks and the Sierra Club.


 

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