Lidl, a grocery chain, has announced the starting pay for all hourly workers. This would be at The City of Brotherly Love stores. All will increase to $15 an hour beginning on April 15th.
At $7.25 an hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is the same as the federal one. Since 2009, this has been the amount.
Lidl Employees will Notice the Increase Right Away
“It is more than double the current minimum wage in the state, Lidl’s new starting wage for the Philadelphia area. Moreover, it is among the highest starting wages for grocery retailers in the city.” Lidl said in a press release on Thursday.
Most Competitive Wage and Benefit Package in the Region
“Across the Philadelphia region, Lidl is proud to offer our team the most competitive wage and benefits package in the region. In fact, this includes comprehensive healthcare for all full and part-time employees,” Eoin Byrne, Chief Human Resources Officer at Lidl US, said.
Lidl Store Expansion
Moreover, several stores in the area opening by Lidl. They include locations in Exton, Folsom, Lansdale, Norristown, Royersford, and two in Philadelphia. Moreover, Lidl has held a grand opening for its Northeast Philadelphia location in December.
Recognizing the Dignity of Work by Paying Their Employees a Living Wage
“We are joining employers across the Philadelphia region, we are taking action on raising wages. The point is to recognize the dignity of work by paying their employees a living wage,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. “Raising wages is not just good for work as Lidl demonstrates with this commitment. Moreover, we implore other employers to follow their lead.”
Democrats, Republican Senate at Odds
In the Senate, Democrats were forcing to scrap plans to increase the federal minimum wage. This was because of concerns among their own ranks. Thereby, there was United Republican opposition. Then, because of a quick approaching deadline cut-off time, they began to craft the measure under strict budgetary rules. They were being using by the majority to pass COVID-19 relief without GOP support.