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[QUOTE]Originally posted by raybond: [QB] New York is set for $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers Demonstrators rally for a $15 minimum wage before a meeting of the wage board in New York, Monday, June 15, 2015. The board, created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will consider a minimum wage increase for New York's fast-food workers. A panel formed at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s behest recommended that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour by 2018 in New York City and three years later in the rest of the state. Cuomo has indicated that his labor commissioner, who has final say, will follow the board’s advice, though tweaks may be possible. The increase, which will be phased in annually, applies to fast-food chains with 30 or more locations. More from Bloomberg.com: These Are the Top 20 Cities Americans Are Ditching The panel was created in May to sidestep the legislature, where Cuomo’s effort to raise the $8.75 minimum wage for all workers has been stymied by Republicans who control the Senate. The move follows nationwide strikes by employees of McDonald’s Corp. and other fast-food chains who demanded a $15 hourly wage. New York spends $6,800 in public assistance per fast-food worker annually, or $700 million a year, more than any other state, Cuomo has said. Speaking at a rally in Manhattan after the vote, Cuomo said the change would have national implications, comparing it with the state’s legalization of gay marriage in 2011. “When New York acts, the rest of the states follow,” he told the crowd. “This statement today is going to radiate across the country.” Cities including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles have raised their minimum wages recently as part of a nationwide movement that’s responding to a call from President Barack Obama to take local action amid gridlock in Washington. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to raise the minimum to $15 an hour by 2020. More from Bloomberg.com: These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions Executive Power Cuomo is using a power he has under state law to circumvent the legislature; he couldn’t persuade the Senate to back his proposal to raise the minimum to $10.50 per hour and $11.50 in New York City. The Democratic-controlled Assembly had sought a $15 rate for the city. .Los Angeles County weighs $15 minimum wage for som …. Play video Los Angeles County weighs $15 minimum wage for some … It’s the second time this year that a wage board pushed by Cuomo raised earnings in the restaurant industry. Restaurant workers who earn tips received a $2.50 boost to $7.50 an hour in February. More from Bloomberg.com: The Scandal That Ate Malaysia The 57-year-old Democrat has said boosting wages, rather than smothering companies that pay them with rules and taxes, is his answer to a national debate over how to narrow the divide between rich and poor. In New York, entry-level fast-food workers earn an average of $16,920 annually, he has said. Raising wages for only one segment of the restaurant business is unprecedented, said Melissa Fleischut, who heads the New York State Restaurant Association. “From day one Governor Cuomo’s wage board has sought to silence the business community and force through an unfair and discriminatory increase on a single sector of one industry,” Fleischut said in a statement e-mailed Wednesday. “The result is an extremist policy that will force business owners in this low profit margin industry to cut hours, lay off employees and use technology to help offset skyrocketing labor costs.” [/QB][/QUOTE]
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