MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is joining forces with a pizza chain owner in the call for raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry visited “&pizza” in Willow Grove on Thursday.
Michael Lastoria, who owns “&pizza,” said an increased wage is critical to keeping people in the food service industry – and keeping them happy.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Ahjaon Jackson Shot, Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say
“The entire philosophy behind doing what we do is all about unity and uniting the working class in food service around fair pay,” he said.READ MORE: Doctor Accused Of Hoarding Dead Kittens In Her Freezer
Lastoria also said paying his workers a living wage has increased the overall success of the business; the chain has more than 50 locations in six states and D.C.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Searching For Shafeeq Lewis, Accused Of Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old Boy On Way To School
Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising the minimum wage in increments to $15 an hour by 2027. The state minimum wage is currently $7.25.