Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Workers' Pay

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Workers' Pay

Article excerpt

The Oct. 27 story "Local Wages Increase, Buck Trend, Study Finds" overstates the good news for workers and our city. Yes, we've done better than the national average, but even in Pittsburgh, income inequality has intensified, and service workers still give their whole lives to jobs that don't lift them out of poverty.

Pittsburgh can't address this by raising our minimum wage, as has been done in Seattle, New York and Kansas City. Workers here get ahead by joining together to make sure their needs shape the priorities of their employers by forming their union.

It's exciting that security guards have won raises that go way beyond 3 percent per year. When you start at $10 or $11, 3 percent per year is not going to get you to any kind of economic security or let you save for retirement. …

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