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What's the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Living Wage in Philadelphia?

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 03:40 PM

Philadelphia’s minimum wage currently stands at $12 per hour, a staunch $4.75 more than Pennsylvania’s state rate and the federal minimum wage.

Philadelphia’s cost of living is .6 percent above the national average, said Forbes, which lists the city as the 84th best place for business and careers. That may serve as a possible explanation for the high minimum wage and higher cost of living.

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Philadelphia’s above average cost of living is not consistent with that of the rest of Pennsylvania. The costs of living in both Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are below the nation’s standard cost of living, Forbes said. The median home price in Philadelphia is approximately $226,100, which is well above the averages for other Pennsylvania cities.

In May 2014, Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order raising Philadelphia’s minimum wage for city contractors from $10.88 per hour to $12.00 per hour. Nutter’s executive order also extended the city’s living wage requirement to subcontractors who previously were not tied to the same restrictions as primary contractors.

Still, many of Philadelphia’s workers were not satisfied and formed the Philadelphia 15 Now movement, a chapter of the national organization 15 Now, which strives to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. In March 2015, the organization made progress after setting up a hearing before Philadelphia’s City Council. Though the hearing did not succeed in raising Philadelphia’s minimum wage to what 15 Now members feel is better suited to the city’s needed living wage, 15 Now has garndered a significant social media presence throughout Philadelphia.

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Sarah Gisken voiced her opinion that raising wages closer to Philadelphia’s high standard of living will help combat poverty in the city.

15 Now Philly has organized demonstrations and other protests to get the minimum wage and living wage issue on the city’s political agenda.

College students at a minimum wage rally on Philadelphia’s Market Street Bridge in April told NBC they aimed to "connect the struggle for living wages to the fight to make higher education affordable." The same rally also included workers in fast food, home care, cleaning, and child care sectors.

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