“Thousands of airport employees work for poverty wages: $7.25 an hour with no benefits. Despite the fact that the airport is a major economic engine that generates more than $14.4 billion in spending.
But thanks to City Council’s recent unanimous decision to place a “living wage” referendum on the Spring 2014 ballot, that may change. If it does, Johnson and thousands of other workers can breathe a little easier.
The legislation was passed by City Council after organizations like Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER), a faith-based community organization that works to be a “voice for justice in Philadelphia,” rallied to demand that profitable airline subcontractors and other subcontractors on city-funded projects pay a living wage. The “living wage” referendum, if passed by voters, would result in new, higher wage and benefit standards that would help lift thousands of Philadelphia workers out of poverty.”