Over the past year, the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour has grown more vocal and gained more supporters across the country. On Monday, the state where some of the nation's wealthiest live convened its third public hearing on the issue. New York's Fast Food Wage Board heard #FightFor15 arguments from workers, labor experts and business owners at the board's meeting, and there is strong support for raising the minimum wage.
Convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Wage Board will recommend by July whether to raise the minimum wage for the fast-food industry in New York. If it recommends an increase, it will require approval from Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino, but not legislative approval.
Currently, the minimum wage for New York stands at $8.75 and will increase to $9 by the end of the year. But $9 an hour is barely enough for many to scrape by, particularly in New York City, where rising rent and living costs make it impossible to get by on $9. But business owners argue that raising the minimum wage will force them to raise their prices or reduce employees' work hours.
Many of those present at the meeting on Monday took to Twitter to publicize the arguments made by experts and those directly affected by the minimum wage.
The movement also had some powerful supporters, namely NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer.
The struggle to get fast-food chains to pay its employees a decent living wage has seen several #FightFor15 wins in some cities and states. Los Angeles became the largest and most recent city to adopt the requirement and here's to hoping that New York will soon follow suit.
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