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May 19th | Posted In Policy

#YoungPHLVotes – A Guide to the Ballot Questions – Question #2

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Tuesday, May 20th is primary day, the day to pick your party’s candidates for the general election in November and elect smaller party positions, like committee person. There are also 3 ballot questions this year, and a special election to fill former Councilman Bill Green’s seat.  To help you make an informed decision, YIP is providing the pros and cons on the three ballot questions. For more information on the ballot questions, read The Inquirer’s coverage here.  The following review of Ballot Question #3 was written by YIP Board Member Mike Kaiser.

Ballot question #2: Do you think city subcontractors should receive a “living wage”?

Currently, the City of Philadelphia has a set standard that requires companies with city contracts must pay their workers 150 percent of the federal minimum wage. This comes out to $10.88 per hour.

However, if one of those companies with a city contract then hires a subcontractor, then they are not required to pay them the same $10.88 rate. Instead, they can pay them minimum wage.

Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. is the sponsor of this ballot that would extend the same wage standard to subcontractors.

Further reading:

http://www.seventy.org/uploads/files/225857635849197812-plain-english-statement-minimum-wage-may2014.pdf

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/city/20140519_Ballot_questions_include_ending_resign-to-run_rule.html

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