NY Wage Board To Begin Consideration Of Fast Food Wage Hike

CBS New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fast food workers in New York are hoping recent minimum wage increases around the country prompt the state to increase their pay to $15 an hour.

On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

New York’s minimum wage is currently $8.75 an hour, but workers are hoping to change that.

Rallies were held in Buffalo, Albany and New York City on Wednesday to mark the first state wage board meeting that could bring them closer to that wage hike.

The meeting, convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was to consider raising the minimum wage for those in the fast food industry.

Efforts to raise the minimum wage for all workers are stalled in the state Legislature. Any increase recommended by the wage board must be ratified by Cuomo’s labor secretary but doesn’t need legislative approval.

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