NY Governor Proposes Minimum Wage Raise

There is much to look forward to as Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $15 state minimum wage. Cuomo was joined by enthusiastic union leaders, Vice President Joe Biden and Service Employees President May Kay Henry.

“A fast food worker deserves $15 an hour, construction workers deserve $15 an hour and home healthcare aids deserve $15 an hour and taxi cab drivers deserve $15 an hour and every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an out as a minimum wage and we are not going to stop until we get it done,” Cuomo declared.

Earlier this year, the governor established a “statewide wage commission and ordered it to focus on low-paying industries.” Wages in twelve low-paying industries are under investigation.

As the fourth-largest state in population, New York would be “the first with a minimum wage that high. The $15 minimum would eventually be phased in over several years.” This is only if the legislation can get through by Cuomo.

Cuomo had previously proposed an hourly wage of $10.50, only to mention earlier on September 10 that it was “not enough.”

Supported by Mary Kay Henry, the Service Employees and other unions, Fightfor15 has been leading the effort for the $15 wage for low-paid workers.

Cuomo explained that Henry and SEIU “had the vision to organize workers across this country three years ago to make the simple point that everyone deserve fair pay. We would not be here today without Mary Kay Henry and SEIU and their leadership.”

Cuomo and New York are making strides together for a much brighter tomorrow.

“Today we’re putting our steps together to form a march toward economic justice. It is a march that says, if you work full-time, you shouldn’t have to choose between paying the rent and buying food. A march that says, if you work full-time you should not live in poverty, period.”

Source: PAI