Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Monday morning brought to light the poor conditions and wages workers endure in parking lots and domestic service jobs in the city. It also brought to light how the city’s leadership has found a way around the minimum wage impasse in Harrisburg to boost pay for their constituents.

City Council has taken up more efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions for residents in various sectors over the past few months. Most of the sitting councilmembers, along with Mayor Jim Kenney (D), face re-election this year.

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians express some support for raising the state’s minimum wage and over half are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a poll released by Franklin and Marshall University Thursday.

State Democrats will hope those data points could indicate public support is behind them in their uphill battle to push Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, as well as a possible fight to legalize recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - February 25, 2019

Tweets of the Week - February 25, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Tuesday that about 2,000 building security guards will see their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour on July 1.

The guards work for the city’s three major private universities. The increase stems from a 2016 law requiring companies and institutions that receive tax subsidies for buildings to pay the prevailing wage.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Philadelphia’s elected leadership and labor advocates have fully backed a raise to the minimum wage in the state. Now they have a plan to put it to a vote locally and see if the people can spur action in Harrisburg.

Councilmember Cherelle Parker (D-District 9) introduced a proposal Thursday to City Council that would make a ballot question on the future of the state’s minimum wage. It would appear on the May 21st primary.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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