Mayor Nutter Signs USCM Letter Urging Raise In Federal Minimum Wage

Philadelphia, October 10, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined more than 60 mayors from across the Nation in signing a letter from the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  In the letter, which was symbolically sent on October 10th (10-10), the mayors also stated their support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would increase earnings for nearly 28 million workers across the country and help address the growing inequality gap in America.

“President Obama presented the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, but Congress wouldn’t be swayed by the millions hardworking Americans living below the poverty line or without a living wage. So the President took action by signing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors pay their employees a fair wage and called on governors and mayors to do what they could to implement change,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Along with many of my fellow mayors, I wholeheartedly support the President’s push for an increase to the federal minimum wage.  Earlier this year, I answered his call and signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for city contractors and first-tier subcontractors.  This issue cannot wait; too many Americans live at or below the poverty level no matter how hard they work.  They deserve a fair wage for an honest day’s work.  We must create ladders of opportunity, we must give America a raise.”

On May 6, 2014, Mayor Nutter signed an Executive Order initiating requirements for City contracts that, going forward, mandate contractors provide a minimum wage of $12/hour beginning January 1, 2015.  The Executive Order also required that subcontractors provide the same minimum wage. City Council codified the Executive Order in Bill No. 140488, introduced by Councilman Wilson W. Goode, Jr., and signed by the Mayor on June 19, 2014.

To view the letter sent by the United States Conference of Mayors, visit:http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2014/1010-letter-raisethewage.pdf

For information on the Executive Order signed by Mayor Nutter, visit:https://cityofphiladelphia.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/mayor-nutter-signs-executive-order-raising-minimum-wage-for-city-contractors/

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