minimum wage

New York News
4:55 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Protesters Target Dunkin Donuts At Capitol At Minimum Wage Rally

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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New York News
5:55 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Farm Bureau Cautions Against Minimum Wage Increases

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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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New York News
9:49 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Business Leaders Praise Cuomo's Minimum Wage Increase

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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.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New York Raises Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers

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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. 

New York News
2:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Wage Board: Raise Tipped Wage

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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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cuomo's Minimum Wage Hike Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

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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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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Michael Meeropol: The 2016 Presidential Campaign Doesn’t Have To Descend To Competing Sound Bites

Sometime soon, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will declare whether or not they are running for President, as will a host of others. The campaigns will probably be dominated by personalities, opposition research, an endless series of debates, one gaffe or another, one catchy slogan or another and virtually nothing of useful substance.

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New York News
9:48 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Religious Leaders Hold Minimum Wage Vigil At NY Capitol

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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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Capital Region News
4:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger

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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 York News
12:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NY Jobs: Composite Outlook Is Good

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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.

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