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Advocates Urge Extending Philadelphia’s ‘Living-Wage’ Standard to Non-Unionized Airport Workers

Posted 12/11/12 | Filed in

A coalition of advocacy and labor groups wants the city to extend its “living wage” standard, now in effect for many companies with city contracts, to about 2,000 low-wage workers at Philadelphia International Airport.

Although many airport employees are covered by union contracts, some in passenger service jobs – skycaps, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cleaners, and baggage handlers at luggage carousels – work for subcontractors that have low-bid contracts with airlines.

The city’s minimum-wage and benefit standard of $10.88 an hour and paid sick days for people working under direct contracts with City Hall does not apply to these subcontractors.

And because they work for tips, they are not guaranteed the federal hourly minimum wage of $7.25 – similar to servers in restaurants.

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