July 26, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. AIRPORT Workers mistreated The fight for livable wages and appropriate working conditions has reached Philadelphia International Airport (" Bumpy skies ," Wednesday). I marched with the airport workers who walked off the job on Tuesday. Their concerns about low wages, no benefits, and mistreatment are real, and they're urgent. The city got behind these wheelchair attendants, sky caps, aircraft cabin cleaners, and bag handlers in 2014 and overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to raise the wage.
April 4, 2016 |
When Bill Cumby Jr. and his father, Bill Sr., started W.S. Cumby Inc. in 1981, they began it as a union general contracting and project management company. "In 1981, if you wanted to do our kind of work - good-quality commercial work - you were a union contractor," said Cumby Jr., 66, who took over as president in 1998. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, father and son switched to a merit shop (non-union) business, repudiating their contracts with the unions for carpenters and laborers.
April 3, 2016 |
Business: Springfield, Delaware County-based general contractor, project management company; $60 million in revenues. Staff: 40 full-time, 30 regular subcontractors. Projects: Buildings at colleges - Haverford, Princeton, Swarthmore; Morris Arboretum; Ardmore Farmers' Market. Point of pride: Evangelist for green building methods.
November 26, 2015 |
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. These are some of the people who have been bypassed by a recovering economy. They suffer disproportionately from stagnant wages that have about 5 percent less buying power than they did five years ago. They are struggling to feed and shelter their families on wages that put them at or near the poverty line.
November 21, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Thursday he favors a $15 an hour minimum wage in Philadelphia, but thinks the "best way" to get that is for workers to organize in labor unions and collectively bargain with employers. Kenney, whose father was a unionized firefighter, told more than 200 cheering nonunion Philadelphia International Airport workers that when he takes office in January "some things are going to change around here. " Private firms that have contracts with airlines to provide skycaps, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and aircraft cabin cleaners - the nonunion workers in the protest - will be required to pay their employees $12 an hour.
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.