Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Backs Resolution Urging Higher Wages

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Backs Resolution Urging Higher Wages

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Pittsburgh City Council has agreed to urge an increase in Pennsylvania's minimum wage, adopting a resolution this week that endorses a state House bill.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Patty Kim, a Dauphin County Democrat, would double the minimum wage over several years. Now at $7.25 an hour, the base rate would climb incrementally until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. The state minimum wage last ticked up in July 2009.

"Raising the minimum wage is a no-brainer to growing our economy and making sure that our families have enough money to pay the rent and get enough food on the table," said Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, who joined Councilman Dan Gilman to sponsor the local resolution Thursday.

Nobody on the nine-member council dissented. The resolution, known as a "Will of Council," is a symbolic device that council can use to amplify political pressure. …

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