Kenney introduces bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2022

It would affect non-union workers in the city and companies the city does business with.

Pat Loeb
September 26, 2018 - 9:21 pm
Rev. Gregory Holston with members of the group POWER, which has been lobbying for a $15 minimum wage, attended a news conference announcing the bill.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney plans to introduce a bill at Thursday's City Council session that would raise the minimum wage for non-union workers in the city and companies the city does business with. 

The bill would boost their wages to a minimum of $15 per hour by 2022 and would cover 2,000 city employees who are temporary or seasonal workers, in addition to the thousands more employed by city contractors and sub-contractors, which mostly includes social service workers. 

Kenney calls it an anti-poverty measure, both for the families that will be earning more and the local economy.

"This money will be spent in supermarkets and along neighborhood business corridors and will raise the level of not only people's quality of life but also the dignity they feel in themselves and the job that they do," he said.

Rev. Gregory Holston with the group POWER, which has been lobbying for a $15 minimum wage, attended a news conference announcing the bill. He hopes all employers will follow the city's lead "so that people can have a living wage for the 40 hours they work."

The increase will be phased in gradually over four years. The mayor estimates the cost to the city in that time will be $16 million to $20 million.