Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order increasing the minimum wage for city contractors to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. Contractors must also pay at least the same rate to subcontractors.
It comes on the heels of President Barack Obama urging state and local officials to increase the minimum wage for workers — and effort he surely hopes will translate into the private sector. During his State of the Union address, Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, but said that state and local officials "don't have to wait for Congress to act."
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Nutter said that “no person who works on a city contract should live in poverty. We must create ladders of opportunity, we must give America a raise." Read more about this story on PBJ.com.