Philadelphia mayor proposed minimum wage hike for city work

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2018 6:19 PM

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FILE: Mayor Jim Kenney walks from a ceremony after signing into law a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages at City Hall in Philadelphia, Monday, June 20, 2016. 

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's mayor has proposed increasing the minimum wage for city workers and employees of city contractors to $15 an hour by July 2022.

City workers currently make a minimum wage of $12.20 an hour. The statewide minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

The mayor's proposal announced Wednesday would raise the minimum wage yearly over the next four years, starting with a July 2019 increase to $13.25. That would be followed by $13.75 in 2020 and $14.25 in 2021.

The City Council will consider the proposal Thursday. It would apply to new and renewed contracts with the city, but not to private employers that do not do business with the city.

Several cities including San Francisco and New York City have initiated phased-in $15 minimum wages for all workers.

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