A bus tour to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 made a stop in Philadelphia.
The protesters say the current minimum wage isn’t enough. National president of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka says the fight to give all the workers a decent wage is important even for union members earning far more than that.
“We’re raising our voices together those of us who earn the minimum and those who make a little more,” Trumka said. “Because it matters to all of us. That’s why we are fighting to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and index it for inflation.”
Fast food worker Robyn Richardson says even the proposed $10.10 would not be enough.
“I’m fighting because we need this raise,” Richardson said. “I’m fighting for $15 and a union because without it I will struggle like I’ve been struggling.”
State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) says she has tried several times to boost Pennsylvania’s minimum, to no avail. But she pledges to continue her efforts.