For Immediate Release: October 20, 2016
Published By: Office of the Mayor
Contact: Mike Dunn, (215) 686-6210
(Philadelphia, October 20, 2016) – Declaring it a vital step for thousands who struggle to make ends meet, Mayor Kenney today signed into law a measure that expands the City’s Prevailing Wage Ordinance to include service workers at publicly-subsidized institutions.
“People usually associate the word ‘poverty’ with ‘unemployment,'” said the Mayor. “But the fact is, a good number of Philadelphians who are employed still find themselves struggling in poverty. This measure marks an important step towards assuring that low-wage employees receive a family-sustaining wage.”
Signed into law was Bill #160713, passed unanimously by Philadelphia City Council on October 6. It expands the Prevailing Wage Ordinance to include service workers at universities, hospitals, stadiums, the Convention Center and other publicly-subsided institutions. With the Mayor’s signature, the bill takes effect immediately, and will be applied to future contracts and agreements between the City and such institutions.