Philadelphia gets a say in business standards

    Voters approve ballot measure giving the city authority to impose wage and benefit standards for companies holding city contracts. The Chamber of Commerce opposed the measure.

    By Karen O’Toole

    Philadelphians have approved four ballot measures. The most controversial measure will allow the City Council to impose wage and benefit standards for companies holding city contracts.

    Rob Wonderling, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, said he is not enthusiastic about the idea.

    “We think it artificially would increase the cost of doing business in the city. And with the city still struggling with the global recession, we’re not so sure it was the appropriate time for such a measure,” said Wonderling.

    “But, nevertheless, the people have spoken, and we will work with council and the administration to understand its implications.”

    Nearly three-quarters of city voters approved the provision sponsored by Councilman Wilson Goode.

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