Fast-Food Workers In New York Get One Step Closer To A $15 Minimum Wage

Written by Emi Boscamp

Four long years of striking and protesting has finally paid off. New York legislators have decided to do the right thing.

A panel appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recommended today that the state's minimum wage for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour, reports The New York Times. That's a 70% raise for those earning the state's current minimum wage of $8.75.

Shortly after the decision was made, Cuomo tweeted this:

Here's more, from the Times:

When lawmakers in Albany balked at the idea, Mr. Cuomo convened a board to look at wages in the fast-food industry, which is one of the biggest employers of low-wage workers in the state, with about 180,000 employees. Now, the wage board’s decision removes the last significant hurdle to raising wages since the acting state commissioner of labor, Mario Musolino, who must act on the recommendation, is widely expected to accept it.

The higher wage would take effect by 2018 in New York City and 2021 in the rest of the state.

After hearing the heartbreaking stories of New Yorkers unable to provide for their families, the Wage Board really only had one choice — yes, these people deserve more.

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