Here in Philadelphia, 19-year-old Justice Wallace led a chant outside a McDonald’s restaurant at Broad and Arch Streets, a block north of City Hall.
Scores of fast-food and other low-wage workers rallied in center city Philadelphia to demand that Pennsylvania lawmakers raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. A strike is scheduled for May 15th.
Chris discusses the latest re-emergence of Monica Lewinsky, Michael Nutter raising the minimum wage in Philadelphia, and the aftermath of the Condoleezza Rice commencement scandal at Rutgers University. He talks to Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine, Meteorologist Big Joe Bastardi, and State Representative Daryl Metcalfe.
Nutter has long opposed raising the minimum wage required to be paid by firms with local government contracts, but he said he gradually changed his mind.
Chris Stigall talked to Senator Pat Toomey on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about Republicans blocking a bill that would raise the minimum wage nationally to $10.10/hour.
Chris discusses the Republican’s blockage of a Senate bill that would raise the minimum wage, Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s resolution to impeach Attorney General Kathleen Kane, and the latest on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He also talks to Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and Senator Pat Toomey.
The “Give America A Raise” bus was the centerpiece for a rally at Eakins Oval, in front of the art museum.
A coalition of activists has announced a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, but they face an uphill battle.
Activists in Philadelphia joined many across the country Saturday in protesting the low minimum wage.
Chris covers the arrest of former sportscaster Don Tollefson, President Obama’s touting of trade schools, and Pizza Hut’s offer to a West Chester University student. He also talks to Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine.
Morici, a Professor of International Business at the University of Maryland, said he expects the President will be able to pass a raise in the minimum wage because “there is a lot of sentiment in the country that $7.25 an hour is too low.”
Voters in New Jersey last month approved a constitutional amendment that increases the state’s minimum wage by a dollar.
With the New Year comes a new, higher minimum wage in New Jersey, and businesses forced to pay the higher salary are expressing concerns about what it might do to their bottom line.
Collecting shopping carts at a large chain store, Andrew Higginbotham says it’s hard to live off his pay $8.65 per hour.
A local group of Penn and Temple students held a “flash” performance inside a McDonald’s in University City last night, calling on higher wages for fast food workers.