Tag: Minimum Wage
“Government contracts need to reflect that wage increase,” says Rebecca Sanin, president and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, a Melville-based umbrella agency for hundreds of nonprofits.
The legislation calls for Nassau and Suffolk counties to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour by the end of 2016, followed by a $1 bump in pay each year until the $15 cap is reached by 2021. New York City businesses would raise their hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2018.
The launch attracted Democrats representing local municipalities, the Nassau County Legislature, and the New York State Assembly. Collectively, they are seeking 12 weeks of paid leave for workers, which would amount to two-thirds of an individual's salary. The contingent did not offer specifics on how the program would be funded, but Cuomo has said his plan would be paid for through deductions from workers’ paychecks of 70 cents, followed by a $1.47 deduction by 2021.
Cuomo’s latest pitch comes after his administration successfully enacted minimum wage increases for fast food workers and 28,000 employees of the SUNY system that would over time surge to $15 per hour. The governor has made the so-called “Fight for 15" a top priority of his 2016 agenda. And it's all part of a campaign called the "Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice," which has the support of nearly 100 religious leader across the state.
“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 per year in the state of New York."