This weekend, thousands will gather at a North Philadelphia church to demand higher pay for those working for airport subcontractors. The rally is organized by the interfaith group POWER, a coalition of 39 churches, synagogues and mosques supporting social justice causes.
NewsWorks Tonight Producer Shai Ben-Yaacov spoke with POWER Executive Director Bishop Dwayne Royster, and Pati Krasensky, who sits on the POWER jobs strategies team.
The rally will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church. City officials note that the airport employees and contractors do fall under the living wage standard — which mandates a salary of at least $10.80 per hour.
Only subcontractors don't fall under that provision, and it may take a charter change to amend that. Officials are in talks with leaders from POWER.