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Hunger Advocates Back Minimum Wage Hike For Tip Workers

Dave Lucas / WAMC

An advocacy group is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise New York's Minimum Wage for tip workers...

The Hunger Action Network Friday said that New York State should raise the minimum wage for tip workers to the same level as other workers. Presently, most tip workers in NYS receive a minimum wage of 69% of other workers.

“The Governor and legislature unfortunately voted earlier this year to keep the minimum wage as a poverty wage and to treat tip workers as second-class citizens The Department of Labor should use its powers to correct this by ordering an adequate wage to tip workers as well as workers in general. It is time for NY to join other states in paying tip workers the full minimum wage,” said Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of NYS.


The state Legislature has passed legislation which will increase New York's minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour over three year beginning in December.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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