Philly wins higher wages at the ballot box!

PA Working Families activists made a big splash in Tuesday’s primary. Mobilizing around Ballot Question 1, Minimum Wage Hearingwhich would raise the minimum wage for subcontracted jobs at the Philadelphia International Airport and other city agencies, PA Working Families launched a door-to-door campaign, educating and turning out voters to vote yes on Question 1.

That hard work paid off — Ballot Question 1 passed with an overwhelming 3-to-1 margin. Now, city subcontracted workers are getting a raise to $10.88 an hour!

PA Working Families State Director Kati Sipp said, “The message is loud and clear tonight: poverty wages are bad for Philadelphia.”

The Philly Inquirer reported:

A coalition of labor, faith, and community groups have been lobbying for better pay and benefits for airport employees. The advocates made a big campaign push this spring to spread the word about Ballot Question No. 1.

“Today Philadelphia cast a resounding vote against poverty by raising wages for thousands of airport workers,” Daisy Cruz, Mid-Atlantic director of the SEIU 32BJ union, said Tuesday evening. “Today’s vote is a huge step forward, but it is not the end. We will continue the fight until every worker receives the raise that Philadelphia voters mandated.”

Read the rest of the Inquirer story here.