BFMW In the News

Newsday: Costco backs minimum wage hike in New York

By Ted Phillips
Newsday, May 24, 2012

... “The $8.50 proposal is something that would be very fair for all businesses big and small,” Costco senior vice president and northeastern region general manager Jeff Long said during a conference call. “Since the inception of the company we’ve always believed paying a fair starting wage — to allow our employees to progress through our wage scale — is the best way to grow our business.”

Gannett: Report: 880,000 Workers In NY Would Benefit From Higher Minimum Wage

By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
Gannett News Service, May 24 2012
Albany Times Union, Ithaca Journal, Elmira Star Gazette, Westchester Journal News, WGRZ, more 

ALBANY -- A report Thursday said 880,000 workers in New York would have higher incomes if the minimum wage were increased, representing about 10 percent of all workers in the state.The report from the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute comes as talks have stalled over increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour. ...

New York City Landmark Living Wage Legislation Passes

Excerpt: “By helping to empower New York's employees this city can move more quickly towards more productivity and better conditions for all New Yorkers. Empowerment starts with a living wage - enough pay to support yourself and family through your work,” said Dal LaMagna, President and CEO of IceStone, a company based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

New York City Living Wage Campaign Press Release, April 30, 2012

DNAInfo: Advocates call for increase in minimum wage at hearing

By Jeff Mays, April 24, 2012 

HARLEM—While working for minimum wage at a Target in Queens, Tashawna Green said she often had to make tough choices.

"There were times when I had to decide between paying the rent or buying food," Green, a mother of one, said Monday during a state Assembly hearing on increasing the minimum wage.

"We had to depend on public assistance to make ends meet...because what I got from my employer couldn't pay everything," she said of herself and some of her co-workers.

Gannett: Battle is on over minimum wage (NY)

By Jon Campbell and Aaron Scholder
Gannett Albany Bureau, various papers, April 18, 2012 

ALBANY -- Varied opinions on the merits of raising the state's minimum wage were on full display Wednesday, with business groups and Senate Democrats hosting separate events focused on the hourly rate.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Republican-controlled Senate have been at odds over a bill to increase the wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and then tie future increases to the rate of inflation.

Democrat and Chronicle: New York Minimum wage increase

Posted by Joseph Spector
Democrat and Chronicle, April 18, 2012

At a Senate Democratic Conference hearing Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader John Sampson said the push to increase minimum wage in the state is one that’s vital to low-income workers’ ability to maintain a standard of living in the state, Gannett’s Aaron Scholder reports.

“It’s about justice. Making sure that we give the dignity and the quality of life that those employees deserve. Because the more you take care of your employees, your employees will take care of your business,” Sampson said. ...

AP: Conn. workers call for raising the minimum wage

By Shannon Young
Associated Press, Feb 28, 2012 

HARTFORD (AP) -- Low-wage workers, economists and others are pushing lawmakers to support legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage during the coming years and eventually tie it to inflation.

The bill, which is being considered by the state's Labor and Public Employees Committee, would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, beginning July 2012, and to $9.75 an hour the following year. The bill requires the minimum wage rate to be tied to inflation beginning in July 2014.

New York Times article on proposed New York state minimum wage increase

Fearing a Minimum Wage Increase Will Be Bad for Business
By Joseph Berger
New York Times, Feb 19, 2012

... The State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced that they wanted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, or roughly $17,000 a year. ... “People who work full time should not be poor,” Mr. Silver said, arguing that the current minimum wage was too low for survival. ...

Beep.... Illinois minimum wage flatlines

By Megan Cottrell
Chicago Reporter, June 30, 2011

For the first time in five years, the state minimum wage won't go up today. From 2006 until 2009, the lowest wage that employers can pay their employees went from $6.50 to $8.25. And low-wage workers won't see their paychecks increase unless the Senate moves on a bill, SB 1565, that's currently stalled in committee.