We are pleased that Elwyn has announced their intent to pay their employees a living wage of $15 an hour. This is a win-win for Elwyn’s hard-working employees, who provide life-sustaining care to many of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, as well as for the local economy. SEIU Local 668 looks forward to bargaining a strong contract for the Elwyn employees that helps them provide for their families, with an employer that is leading on this issue.
As Pennsylvania continues to lag behind surrounding states in raising its minimum wage beyond the federal level, workers must rely on public assistance or multiple jobs just to prevent themselves from living in poverty. A minimum of $15 an hour raises job standards, relieves the burden on taxpayers, and boosts our economy for everyone. That’s why states, companies, and cities across the country are raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It’s time Pennsylvania follows their example.