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: Ben Simmons' Massive Moorestown Home Could Be Yours For $5 Million
“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: SEPTA Union President Releases Video Warning Its Members To Prepare For Possible Strike
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: 'You're Not Welcome Here' Flyers Posted On Northeast Philadelphia Kids Dance Studio
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.