Home | About | Donate

'Our Movement is Unstoppable': California, New York Approve $15 Minimum Wage


#1

'Our Movement is Unstoppable': California, New York Approve $15 Minimum Wage

New York and California lawmakers on Thursday agreed to raise state minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation, in a historic move that comes less than four years after the Fight for $15 movement launched in New York City.

"There has never been a week in U.S. history when more workers in more places have won a common demand," said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in a statement on Thursday. "And there has never been a stronger case for why workers need an organization to help them improve their lives."


#2

Hillary Clinton is going to have to catch up to New York and California... and Bernie.


#4

New York took a regional approach raising the minimum wage to $15/hour in NYC and the surrounding suburbs and to $12.50/hour over six years in areas north of Westchester County. This probably makes sense since the cost of living, particularly housing, is so much higher in the NYC area. Raising the minimum wage further in the upstate areas would then be based on economic indicators. The current minimum wage in NYS is $9.00/hour so boosting it to $12.50 over six years does not seem like a big deal.