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Even with minimum wage increases cropping up around the nation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $15-an-hour proposal stands out for directing so much more money to so many workers.

Cuomo Building On Minimum Wage Campaign

Sep 22, 2015

The push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in New York is getting some help from union financed advertising, but it still has its opponents.

Business Council Admits $15 Wage A Potential Reality

Sep 17, 2015
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The leader of the Business Council  says her group will fight New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but concedes that the legislation may become law soon.

Cuomo's $15 Minimum Wage Questioned

Sep 14, 2015
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the new legislative session will be pushing for a bill to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour, but some say it could backfire and result in fewer jobs.

New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high.

Bill Owens: Flat Wages?

Sep 8, 2015

Recent jobs data demonstrates that while employment continues to grow, wages have remained flat. There is speculation about the reasons with many economists offering different, but inconclusive analysis.

Unemployment Down, But Dream Jobs Still Out Of Reach

Aug 30, 2015
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In New York and Connecticut, unemployment is at 5.4 percent, the lowest it has been in seven years. Nationwide, unemployment has dropped its lowest levels since the recession, giving those entering the workforce more opportunity. But for many, that elusive dream job is still out of reach. 

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll try to get the state legislature to broaden an increase in the state’s minimum wage beyond fast food workers, but the newly appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the State Senate is throwing some cold water on that plan.

Cuomo, who used his executive powers through a wage board to phase in a $15 an hour rate for fast food workers, says next he wants to try to get a similar increase through the state legislature next year. Earlier, he spoke about his desire to increase the minimum wage for all workers.

$15 Or Bust

Aug 2, 2015

  The plan to give most of New York state's fast-food workers a $15 minimum wage is taking another step toward reality. 


 

New York's Wage Board has finalized its recommendation endorsing a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in chain restaurants.

Minimum Wage Hike Raises Larger Question

Jul 23, 2015
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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While supporters are declaring victory over New York’s new higher minimum wage for fast food workers, the action, by a state wage board, highlights a larger question: why are so many in the state dependent for their livelihoods on what are essentially entry level workforce jobs?

New York Wage Board

A state Wage Board has voted to phase-in an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour, making New York the first state in the nation to increase the wage for a single segment of the work force.

A wage board appointed by Governor Cuomo, speaking before a packed crowd of fast food workers, says it will authorize a “substantial” raise for fast food workers, but would not say when or even if the increase would be the $15 an hour that many groups are seeking.

A three-member board picked by Governor Cuomo to examine whether fast food workers need a raise say they are in agreement that the current wage of $8.75 an hour needs to be much higher.

New York Wage Board

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.

  The fourth and final hearing was held by a board specially appointed Governor Andrew Cuomo to consider raising the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York.

Outside, supporters of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour held a rally.

The call for a $15-an-hour minimum wage has been sweeping New York and the nation, but not everyone is on board.

New York Governor Cuomo, at a large union rally to raise the minimum wage in New York City's Union Square, called out fast food chains McDonald's and Burger King by name Thursday and accused them of “corporate greed” for underpaying workers.

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Members of Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation are lining up behind an effort to hike the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020.

A protest to raise the minimum wage drew hundreds to the state capitol in Albany on Monday and included a brief occupation of the building’s Dunkin Donuts. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are considering hiking the minimum wage in the new budget, but protesters say it is not enough.

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The New York Farm Bureau is concerned about what impact January’s minimum wage increase and proposed new hikes would have on the state’s agricultural sector.

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More than 40 business owners and chamber of commerce executives from New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley announced their support Monday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50. 

The current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage will go to $9 at year's end. The Democratic governor wants to raise it to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in New York City.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A state wage board has agreed to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers form $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the change at a rally with union leaders.

Cuomo, speaking to the union members,  renewed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10.50 an hour, $11.50 in New York City. Cuomo says businesses are making “record profits.” 

“Business is doing well, God bless ’em,” Cuomo said. “But it is time that they share. We are looking at a polarization of income in this country like we’ve never seen before.”

Not everyone was pleased with the increase. The state’s Restaurant and Tavern Association says it’s disappointed that the Governor’s wage board did not limit the minimum wage for highly tipped workers to $6.50 an hour.  The group predicts that it will slow job growth, and is considering legal action. 

A state board in New York has recommended an increase in the hourly wage paid to restaurant servers and other tipped workers.

The Wage Board voted Friday in favor of raising the so-called tipped wage from $5 to $7.50 an hour at year's end. Servers would be paid a dollar less if they make significantly more than the minimum wage when tips are factored in.

The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage if gratuities make up the difference.

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo has spent the days leading up to this joint State of the State and budget message rolling out a number of new programs and proposals, including an anti poverty agenda that includes raising the minimum wage,    and tax cuts for small businesses.

Cuomo says as part of his budget, he’ll include a new phased in increase of the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by the end of 2016. In New York City, the rate would rise to $11.50 an hour. The governor says New York City is arguably “the most expensive market” in the U.S.

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Nuns, ministers and other religious leaders have held a prayer vigil at the New York state Capitol in support of a wage increase for tipped workers.

The group gathered Monday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to eliminate the so-called "tip wage" of about $5 an hour paid to servers, busboys and hotel housekeepers.

State law allows restaurants and hotels to pay less than the state's $8.75 minimum wage, as long as tips make up the difference. A state panel is studying whether to eliminate the tip wage and make all workers subject to the same minimum wage.

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Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

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New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. The data comes at a time when the Empire State is gearing up to increase benefits for the unemployed and boost  employment opportunities for disabled workers.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday proclaimed median household income throughout New York State remained flat at about $57,000.

NYS Senator, Others To Call For Minimum Wage Increase

Sep 12, 2014
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A New York state Senator will join community groups in Ulster County Friday afternoon to call for a higher minimum wage.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new report from Feeding America shows 50 million Americans rely on food banks and 1 in 7 Americans face food insecurity. It also links substandard nutrition to health problems.

The report entitled "Hunger in America 2014" has revealed some startling statistics: One in seven Americans turns to a food bank for help, about 40 percent of whom have education beyond high school.

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