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In How May I Help You?: An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism.

Living Wage Week is being observed in western Massachusetts.

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Vermont's largest city will ask its residents to vote this spring on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Workers across several states will see a bump to their paychecks in 2017.

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The minimum wage is going up next week in New York. The increase is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's multi-year phase-in plan for an eventual $15 statewide minimum wage for all workers.

 

The minimum wage is going up at year's end throughout New York state.

Within New York City the wage will rise from $9 to $11 per hour, though the increase will be smaller for employees of small businesses. Their wage will increase to $10.50 an hour.

The New York budget deal came down to the final minutes before the deadline in Albany, and in the “Fight for $15,” upstate will be capped at $12.50.

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A number of groups have been warning of dire consequences should New York’s minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour.  The New York Farm Bureau held simultaneous press conferences across the state on Monday, contending the higher wage would negatively affect farms and the cost of food.

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With national calls to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to lead  by example. He’s imposing the wage raise in some sectors and pushing for the increase in others. Mountain Lake Public Television held a panel discussion recently on the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $15 minimum wage in New York continues to dominate legislative discussions in Albany.

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The new year begins on Friday and with it comes new legislatures, new laws and new wages for some individuals.  Vermont’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase as part of an incremental process that eventually leads to a $10.50 base wage in the state.

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers are expected to see a boost in pay on Jan. 1 when the state's hourly minimum wage increases from $9 to $10 per hour.

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As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to push for a $15 an hour minimum wage for all New Yorkers during the legislative session that begins next month, one organization says New York should make sure everyone gets the higher wage, especially workers who rely on tips. Saru Jayaraman is the co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Karen Magee: Recognizing The Dignity Of Work

Nov 27, 2015

Three million working New Yorkers struggle to get by on $8.75 an hour – a minimum wage that makes it impossible for families to meet basic needs.

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Anti hunger advocates came to the Capitol Monday to lobby for measures to help New York’s neediest.

Buffalo and Rochester are moving to raise the minimum wage of municipal employees to $15 an hour as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the wage floor for all workers. 

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  Governor Cuomo announced he’s raising the minimum wage for state workers to $15 an hour.  That did not stop advocates from protesting at the Dunkin Donuts at the state Capitol, saying the governor’s recent phased in wage increase for fast food workers is too slow.

Cuomo, at a union rally in New York City, announced he’ll raise the minimum wage for state workers to  $15 an hour by 2018 in New York City and 2021 in the rest of the state.

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 The state’s  legislative leaders crossed paths literally this week, when both scheduled a stroll at the same time along the walkway over the Hudson River. In addition to taking in the view, they had a lot to say about priority issues, including raising the minimum wage and funding public transit and road and bridge repairs. 

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Governor Cuomo shot down rumors that he might call a special session in December on raising the minimum wage to $15.

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
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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
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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?

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