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Pennsylvanians to Demand Bold Rescue Plan from Congress, $15 Minimum Wage Regardless of Immigration Status

March 2, 2021

Voters Sent President Biden, Progressive Majorities to Washington to Deliver for Working People

PENNSYLVANIA -- Today, March 2, workers and activists will rally in seven locations to continue the fight for a bold rescue plan and a $15 an hour federal minimum wage on the heels of the relief package that passed the U.S. House over the weekend. All Democrats in Pennsylvania’s House delegation supported the proposal and all Republicans opposed, despite the urgent needs of people and communities suffering in Pennsylvania, even before the pandemic.

Attendees at today's rallies will thank supportive members of Congress for their support of the  House-passed package and urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit by passing a bold rescue plan and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour regardless of immigration status. They will urge PA’s congressional representatives to continue their support for working families in PA by raising the minimum wage, passing comprehensive immigration reform, securing affordable healthcare, forgiving student debt and rent, and reforming our broken criminal justice system.

The times and locations for today's rallies are:

For decades, organizers and activists have demanded justice for working people and families of all ZIP codes, professions, genders, and races in the form of a fair return on their labor. Because of the work of organizers and workers, public approval has soared to nearly 2 out of every 3 Americans supporting a $15/hour federal minimum wage.

The COVID pandemic only worsened the reality for working people in Pennsylvania, forcing many to sell their labor for poverty wages without health insurance, paid sick leave, affordable childcare, or appropriate PPE. Nearly a million Pennsylvania workers would benefit from a wage hike, which has been blocked for more than a decade in the legislature, and millions more Pennsylvanians from survival payments, expanded unemployment and aid for local governments and small businesses.

Photo Credit: Joe Piette , Fight for 15 PA rally in Philadelphia, 2017 (Flickr)