State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Jobs


Dwight Evans: Encourage minority start-ups in struggling neighborhoods

Encourage neighborhood start-ups and entrepreneurs (particularly minority). We need a national small business start-up program targeting potential entrepreneurs in struggling neighborhoods. The program would provide business skills training, assistance with business plan development, and a microloan program that would provide loans of $50,000 or less. Similar to a program recently developed in Jacksonville, FL, this program would have an early detection system to flag those loans in danger of default and provide technical assistance to get the recipient back on track. The program would also have an outreach component to ensure people know about and take advantage of it.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Dwight Evans: Establish a living wage

The real value of the minimum wage has fallen dramatically over the past several decades. Recent legislation has resulted in increases scheduled through 2015,but even with the increased minimum wage, people working full time can still struggle to make ends meet--especially in cities that have high housing, food, and heating costs. A living wage determines the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs such as housing, clothing, food, transportation, and childcare.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Joe Sestak: Increase minimum wage to $10.80 now & $15 later

Sestak said he would support an increase in the minimum wage to $10.80, with inflationary raises to eventually bring the floor to $15 an hour.

[Sestak's opponents] McGinty and Fetterman both back a $15-an-hour minimum. McGinty said numerous groups pushing for the $15 minimum wage have endorsed her (most prominently a bevy of labor unions).

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate debate Apr 6, 2016

John Fetterman: Backs $15-an-hour minimum wage

Sestak said he would support an increase in the minimum wage to $10.80, with inflationary raises to eventually bring the floor to $15 an hour. McGinty and Fetterman both back a $15-an-hour minimum.

Fetterman noted that McGinty pushed for just a $9 minimum while running for governor in 2014. "The cynic in me would suggest that [$15] probably polls better in 2016 than it did in 2014," he said. McGinty said numerous groups pushing for the $15 minimum wage have endorsed her.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate debate Apr 6, 2016

Katie McGinty: Backs $15-an-hour minimum wage

McGinty and [Braddock Mayor John] Fetterman both back a $15-an-hour minimum.

Fetterman noted that McGinty pushed for just a $9 minimum while running for governor in 2014. "The cynic in me would suggest that [$15] probably polls better in 2016 than it did in 2014," he said.

McGinty said numerous groups pushing for the $15 minimum wage have endorsed her (most prominently a bevy of labor unions).

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate debate Apr 6, 2016

John Fetterman: Support raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour

It's not a secret--the majority of Pennsylvanians are working longer hours for lower wages. That's not the hallmark of a true democracy, or what we should aspire to. Everybody is better off when everybody is better off. I will support raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour. What does it say about our country that we have people working full time that are unable to take care of themselves or their family? We as a society have an obligation to give people a wage they can actually live on.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com Apr 1, 2016

Katie McGinty: Endorsed by United Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced their support of Katie McGinty in her bid to win a seat in the US Senate by replacing Republican incumbent Pat Toomey. "Though the USW doesn't usually endorse candidates in primaries, we are making a rare exception for Katie McGinty, who we feel will make a terrific US Senator," said the USW District 10 (PA) Director. "Pat Toomey is out of touch with the hard working citizens of this Commonwealth, and we see McGinty as a fresh voice for workers capable of cutting through the D.C. gridlock." The local USW promises a full-scale campaign operation in support of McGinty, one that will highlight both Toomey's extremist views and McGinty's common sense approach to issues most important to working families in Pennsylvania.

Said the USW International President, "She has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and protections. Pennsylvania needs an honest, hard-working senator with high ethics and principled positions to represent us in Washington."

Source: USW.org press release on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Aug 5, 2015

Rick Saccone: Stop government employee unions from using dues on politics

Right now, state and local governments are acting as campaign bundlers, collecting dollars from public employees that are being used for political purposes. This practice is fundamentally wrong. That's why I have joined 50 of my colleagues in sponsoring House Bill 1507. This measure would prohibit the deduction of any dues by public entities from their employees that would be used in whole or part for political activity.

You may have seen advertisements denying that any share of public employee union dues are used for political purposes. With all due respect, such claims are untrue. I point to the largest public sector union of them all, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). It spent more than $3.7 million of its members' dues on politics and gave $2 million directly to candidates during the last election. You don't have to take my word for it; the PSEA says so itself (because the IRS requires it to).

Government unions should collect their own dues. HB507 would ensure that.

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania voting records: HB1507 Jun 6, 2014

Tom Wolf: Increase minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

Tom Corbett: Keystone Works: on-the-job training for displaced workers

Last summer, working together, Republicans and Democrats passed legislation creating the Keystone Works Program. This program is built around a worker's ambition, not bureaucratic rules. Keystone Works provides on-the-job training to allow displaced workers to train for open positions. Here's the great innovation: those trainees don't have to give-up their unemployment benefits while learning a new skill on the job.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Ed Rendell: Pass Work Sharing legislation: part-time unemployment

I would bet that almost everyone in this room knows someone collecting unemployment right now. You might also know someone who is out of work but cannot collect unemployment compensation because of our outdated laws that often don't count every hour you worked. The good news is that the federal government will give us hundreds of millions in additional funds if we end our antiquated approach.

We applaud the employers who made the moral decision to keep their businesses going with fewer hours just so their workers can count on some income. If we act swiftly to pass Work Sharing legislation, workers in these companies could get unemployment for the lost hours that helped preserve jobs.

I realize that down the road there may be some long-term cost to employees and employers alike by crafting a modern system. But it's the right thing to do: if you work and pay in, and then lose your job through no fault of your own you should be able to collect. It should be as simple as that.

Source: Pennsylvania 2010 State of the State Address Feb 9, 2010

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