Carlisle, PA – The Wolf Administration today highlighted how raising the minimum wage will benefit Pennsylvania's working families and local economies, following a tour of Vitro Architectural Glass in Carlisle.
"It's past time that Pennsylvania ensures a fair wage so that our workers stop falling behind," said Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Safety and Labor Management Relations Jennifer Berrier. "Raising the minimum wage is good for families, reduces costs for public benefits, and strengthens our economy. All our neighboring states have raised the wage and hardworking Pennsylvanians deserve the same."
Governor Tom Wolf is proposing to raise the minimum wage. The last increase was more than a decade ago, when the federal government, not the commonwealth, raised the wage. While Pennsylvania lags behind, 29 other states — including all of our neighbors — have boosted their minimum wage. That means that Pennsylvanians doing the same job, especially in rural communities, earn less than someone in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.
"Raising the minimum wage rewards hard work, saves tax dollars, and helps local communities," Berrier added. "Empowering employees with better wages increases productivity and decreases turnover. Increasing the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of workers, which ultimately boosts local economies and gives businesses more customers."
Berrier toured Vitro Architectural Glass's manufacturing facility in Carlisle. The company manufacturers flat glass for use in residential and commercial construction markets. Vitro Architectural Glass supports raising the minimum wage, and credits paying a living wage for its hourly employees as an essential component to their growth and success.
"Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG) is honored to host a tour for Deputy Secretary Berrier at one of our manufacturing facilities located in Carlisle, PA," said Vitro Architectural Glass' Human Resources Generalist Mary Schlusser. "Vitro Architectural Glass, North America's largest glass producer, is exclusively dedicated to glass innovation, committed to growing its core glass business and building a foundation that strengths our partnership with our employees. Vitro provides pay and benefits for employees that allows them to support their lives and their families."
"Pennsylvanians have waited long enough," said Berrier. "The public overwhelmingly supports raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage, according to several polls. By boosting the minimum wage, legislators will create a legacy that betters the lives of working families in their community."
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