By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — About two dozens activists and their supporters stood outside a fast food restaurant at Broad and Arch Streets Thursday afternoon, demanding action to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance Of Severe Weather As Parts Of Region Could See Up To 3 Inches Of Rain
A handful of the demonstrators, some carrying signs demanding a raise in the minimum wage, assembled outside the McDonald’s to hear speeches and to give voice to the call for a raise to $10.10 an hour.
John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, organized the local rally.READ MORE: DA Larry Krasner Joins New Initiative To Fight Gun Violence In West/Southwest Philadelphia
He claims there is broad support for legislative action.
“The people of the state – over two-thirds support a $10 minimum wage. Even 53 percent of the Republicans support it. So the Republican leadership though is playing politics with this issue and this is not a partisan issue.”
Dodds concedes the low turnout for the rally may be a reflection of the fatigue over the issue. However, he says Governor Wolf has indicated he would sign a bill if it got to his desk.MORE NEWS: Man Fighting For Life After Being Shot 16 Times In North Philadelphia Double Shooting, Police Say
The last time state lawmakers approved a minimum wage increase was 10 years ago.