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The Issue: Economic Justice at the Airport and Fair Wages for Subcontracted Workers
Thanks to POWER and our union allies’ pressure for justice at the airport, in October City Council agreed to put a referendum on the May 2014 ballot asking voters to affirm Council’s power to expand the City’s Minimum Wage and Benefits Standard so that it applies to all workers employed by all city-subsidized projects, including those working for subcontractors. If passed by voters in May, the baseline pay of $10.88/hr, with health care coverage, would be extended to thousands of Philadelphians, including our brothers and sisters at Philadelphia International Airport.
POWER will turn out out voters so the Ammendment passes by a large majority, thus solidifying the extension of the higher wage standards to thousands more of our brothers and sisters at the Airport and beyond.
1) Last spring, we won the establishment of a Workforce Advisory Committee to assist in the development of short term and long term workforce development strategies at the Airport.
2) The Airport agreed to create an aviation internship program with no fewer than six paid summer internships for Bartram High School students and one from each Council District.
3) Our work at the Airport provoked a reaction from City Council to vote unanimously to put a question to voters in May that, if passed, will give Council the authority to extend the City’s current 21st Century Minimum Wage to cover all city-subsidized subcontracted workers.
4) In November, we won a new minimum wage for all 1,500 concessions workers at the Airport in the Master Concessioners Lease. The wage standard will require all food & retail subcontractors to pay a minimum of $10.88/hr, provide health care, and provide paid sick days. The average wage of concessions workers at the Airport is currently $8.83/hr.