We set out to hear the realities and perceptions of people working in low-wage industries in the Pittsburgh region. Here’s what we learned.May 23, 2019 | https://www.publicsource.org/low-wage-living/
Longstanding differences remain on increasing minimum wage, and there’s a new concern: is $15 an outdated ask?
The full-time, annual salary of a worker making $7.25 an hour is $14,500, about $1,700 above the poverty line for a single-person household and about $2,700 below the poverty line for a family of two. Because of racial and gender pay gaps, a $15 minimum wage increase would most benefit women and people of color.February 25, 2021 | https://www.publicsource.org/would-biden-wolf-15-minimum-wage-plan-benefit-pittsburgh/
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County governments are on track to reach $15 minimum wage. Some ask: Is $15 enough?
In the City of Pittsburgh, 59 municipal employees — including refuse workers, school crossing guards and administrative clerks — earn below the $15-per-hour benchmark that labor advocates have been pushing for nationally.
In Allegheny County, 169 full-time government workers still need wage increases to hit that benchmark. They include food-service workers and housekeepers at Kane Community Living Centers, among others.June 3, 2019 | https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-allegheny-county-governments-are-on-track-to-reach-15-minimum-wage-some-ask-is-15-enough/
After weeks of scrambling to assist the tenants, city officials and local community groups may have hashed out a plan to salvage the units that can be rehabilitated and to keep HUD’s funding eligible at the properties — or at least within the city of Pittsburgh. So it’s possible, though not certain, that tenants like Makeela and her dad could stay in their homes.December 23, 2017 | https://www.publicsource.org/bethesda-homewood/
Raw sewage flows into Pittsburgh’s rivers. Is there an environmentally friendly fix that won’t break the bank?
The sewage dump is not only a health hazard, it is also a violation of the Clean Water Act.December 6, 2017 | https://www.publicsource.org/will-green-or-gray-infrastructure-solve-the-problem-of-raw-sewage-running-into-the-pittsburgh-regions-rivers/
On Monday, Wolf signed an executive order that will raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15 for Pennsylvania state employees under his jurisdiction and those hired under future state contracts.March 8, 2016 | https://www.publicsource.org/wolf-joins-progressive-politicians-for-minimum-wage-reform/
The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is calling for systemic changes in how people with disabilities are employed.
December 11, 2015 | https://www.publicsource.org/pa-disability-rights-group-eliminate-subminimum-wages-for-workers-with-disabilities/
Many believe the minimum wage hasn’t kept up with the times, and movements to raise it are being led by grassroots groups and governments in communities across the nation. In June, Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020.
Nineteen U.S. cities and counties experienced mandated wage increases this year; 29 states and Washington, D.C., already require employers to pay workers more than $7.25.
Pennsylvania isn’t part of this group – yet.August 22, 2015 | https://www.publicsource.org/minimum-wage-debate-heats-up-in-pennsylvania/
Rochelle Jackson had three kids and was pregnant with a son. She was also scared. Her boyfriend, the father of her children, had grown increasingly abusive during her pregnancy.
It was 1998 when she decided to press charges for physical and sexual assault, and her boyfriend went to jail. She was finally free, but now she was on her own with a growing family.August 8, 2015 | https://www.publicsource.org/going-it-alone-low-income-single-moms-struggle-to-find-help-escape-judgment/
Pennsylvania nursing homes are double-dipping in taxpayers’ pockets, according to a new report by a Harrisburg policy research organization.April 14, 2015 | https://www.publicsource.org/report-nursing-home-workers-paid-poverty-wages-by-profitable-industry/