Allegheny County Header
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 12345-22    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 6/17/2022 In control: Committee on Government Reform
On agenda: 6/21/2022 Final action:
Title: An Ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending and supplementing the Administrative Code of Allegheny County, Article 1009, entitled “Personnel Policies,” through the creation of a new §5-1009.08, entitled “Non-salaried Employee Pay,” in order to establish a uniform policy governing the payment of County employees.
Sponsors: Bethany Hallam, Anita Prizio, Jack Betkowski, Olivia Bennett
title
An Ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending and supplementing the Administrative Code of Allegheny County, Article 1009, entitled “Personnel Policies,” through the creation of a new §5-1009.08, entitled “Non-salaried Employee Pay,” in order to establish a uniform policy governing the payment of County employees.

body
WHEREAS, existing Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, specifically the Minimum Wage Act of 1968 (43 P.S. §333.101, et. seq.) governs the minimum wages to be paid to individuals employed throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, although 43 P.S. §333.114a(a) indicates that “…this act shall preempt and supersede any local ordinance or rule concerning the subject matter of this act,” nothing contained within the Minimum Wage Act prohibits any individual employer from paying more than the Act’s mandated minimum wages to their own employees; and

WHEREAS, it is accordingly the judgment of Council that Allegheny County retains the authority to establish a minimum pay rate for its own employees via ordinance; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, and has only been increased four times in the past 40 years (in 1981, 1992, 1998, and 2009); and

WHEREAS, adjusted only for inflation, the Commonwealth’s $3.35 minimum wage after the 1981 increase would equate to $10.65 in 2022; and

WHEREAS, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of U.S. non-farm productivity increased at an annual average of approximately 1.86% from third quarter 1981 through third quarter 2016 (an aggregate increase of just over 64% for that timespan); had the Commonwealth’s minimum wage merely followed this pattern and accounted for inflation, it would have been set at $14.52 in 2016; and



The Council of the County of Allegheny hereby enacts as follows:




SECTION 1. Incorporation of the Preamble.

The provisions set forth in the preamble to this Ordinance are incorporated by ref...

Click here for full text