Dozens gather for rally to 'raise the wage' in Pennsylvania

John McDevitt
February 08, 2019 - 7:02 pm

John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Community leaders, politicians and workers who are battling poverty were at the Frankford Transportation Center Friday afternoon rallying for an increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.  

About a hundred people gathered calling to raise the wage. Among them was Lolitta Owens who has been a home care worker for 15 years.

"I have a lot of experience and I'm good at what I do but, after 15 years of providing home care I don't make enough to survive on my own, literally not even to take care of my family," she said.

“It's about time we raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, what do you think,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked.

READ: 'Family Member No. 4' denies knowingly benefiting from Local 98 money

Wolf, in attendance to show his support, spoke to the crowd about his plan to raise the current $7.25 minimum wage rate.

“I want it to raise it to $12 and then I want to raise it 50 cents a year until we get to $15 and then tie it to the costs of living there after, so we don’t ever have to do this again,” Wolf said.

The governor also says he wants to eliminate tip workers minimum wage of $2.83 an hour.