NY Board To Continue Discussion On Fast-Food Workers Wage Hike

Jun 29, 2015

The three members of a state board meeting in Albany to consider minimum wage increases for New York's fast-food workers say salaries should rise, though they haven't immediately determined how high and when.

Credit New York Wage Board

The wage board, meeting Monday in Albany, has heard dozens of workers say they struggle to pay ordinary living expenses such as rent, utilities and transportation at the current minimum, often with fluctuating and part-time work schedules.

Mike Fishman of the Service Employees International Union says the wage should reach $15 quickly.

Kevin Ryan, chairman of the Internet firm Gilt, says the increase should be "substantial."

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, the third wage board member, says a raise will be recommended but one that shouldn't mean layoffs.

New York's minimum wage is $8.75 and set to rise to $9 at year's end.

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