June 12, 2015 |
A NEW LEASE agreement between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use it will serve as more than just an economic stimulus. The lease, approved by City Council yesterday, ensures that airport subcontractors will pay workers $12 per hour as required in the living-wage standard passed by Mayor Nutter in January. The lease will take effect July 1. The agreement follows extensive discussion among the airport's chief executive officer, Mark Gale; SEIU Local 32BJ's vice president, Gabe Morgan; and American Airlines vice president of government and airport affairs Michael Minerva.
June 11, 2014 |
The low-paid airport workers who cheered when Mayor Nutter signed an executive order in May that extended minimum wage benefits to subcontractors such as them are not cheering anymore. Three weeks have passed since the mayor's order, applying the $10.88 minimum wage requirement to subcontractors, went into effect. But the paychecks of many of those airport workers still reflect $7.50 hourly wages. The order applies to any bids or proposals issued after May 20, and starting Jan. 1, all proposals and contracts will include a $12-an-hour minimum wage requirement.
May 8, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday requiring city contractors and the companies they subcontract with to pay a minimum wage of $10.88 per hour for city work for the rest of the year. Starting in January, the order said, that minimum will rise to $12 an hour and will be adjusted for inflation going forward. Nutter cited the State of the Union message in which President Obama urged mayors and governors not to wait for Congress to act on the minimum wage. "Today, I will in fact answer the president's call," Nutter said.
May 7, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER will sign an executive order today raising the city's minimum-wage requirements for contractors working on public projects and extending them to subcontractors, according to an administration memo obtained by the Daily News . "The Executive Order will raise the minimum wage required in City contracts and subcontracts, and implement annual adjustments for inflation," the memo said. "The Executive Order will also direct contracting departments and other agencies to implement the requirements as to subcontractors, consistent with recent legislative actions.
November 11, 2013 |
For developer Brad Haber, Neighborhoods of Cedar Creek in Egg Harbor City represents both a change from what he's used to and a chance to follow the advice that veteran builders gave him when he started 35 years ago. The change? Instead of being part of a big home-building company - he was, until 2007, a K. Hovnanian vice president for South Jersey - the Cherry Hill native is constructing pretty much on his own what will be 400 homes on 423 acres surrounding the three-year-old, 87-acre Cedar Creek High School complex.
September 20, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a City Charter change that would extend the "living wage" requirements to city subcontractors. The living-wage standard, which requires that city contractors pay their employees $10.88 an hour, or 150 percent of the federal minimum wage, currently applies to contractors, but not their subcontractors. A city Law Department ruling earlier this year said the charter does not give Council the authority to force the standard on subcontractors.
June 26, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST TIME, the city has imposed a ban on a company from applying for city contracts, issuing a "notice of debarment" last week to JHK Inc., an Indiana firm that allegedly scammed Philly's minority-participation rules. JHK Inc., was supposed to provide first-aid services to prison inmates as a subcontractor in the city's health-care system. But Inspector General Amy Kurland found in an investigation last year that JHK, a female-owned company, and Corizon, the main contractor, lied about how much work JHK was doing - which turned out to be none.
June 13, 2013 |
The city Law Department says the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter does not allow City Council to enforce minimum "living wage" requirements on Philadelphia International Airport subcontractors - only on businesses with direct city contracts. Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. said Tuesday he would introduce a charter-change amendment in Council on Thursday to clarify and extend the city's wage and benefits standard to employees of city subcontractors. The provision would enable Council to "require those who contract with the city or are recipients of city financial assistance to pass along the requirements of such an ordinance to subcontractors (at any tier)
May 8, 2013 |
AN OFFICE OF the Inspector General investigation found that 10 more companies working with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. had been using a sham subcontractor to meet minority-participation requirements. The prime contractors made it appear as if JHS and Sons Supply Co., a minority-owned firm, was getting a substantial portion of the business. In fact JHS was just acting as a "pass-through" for the money to get to another company, William Betz Jr. Inc., that was actually doing the subcontracted work.