BFMW In the News

Syracuse Post Standard: It's Not Over Yet: Minimum wage hike deserves vote in state Senate

Syracuse Post-Standard, May 29, 2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave up on the minimum wage hike last week. He was premature.

Though he likes the proposed increase from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, indexed to inflation in the future — and though the Assembly easily passed the measure, championed by Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan — Cuomo acknowledges the state Senate is the obstacle. ...

But if the opinion of voters — including business leaders — matters, Cuomo and Senate friends should reconsider.

Washington Post: Time to fight for a minimum wage increase

Column By Katrina vanden Heuvel
Washington Post, May 29, 2012

The federal minimum wage is now $7.25 cents an hour, about $15,080 for a full time, year round worker. At that level, it means poverty wages for a family of three, and weakened demand for the economy. As Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and New York’s bishops concluded, this leaves workers “on the brink of homelessness, with not enough in their paychecks to pay for the most basic of necessities, like food, medicine or clothing for their children.” ...

AP: Activists Renew Push to Lift Minimum Wage

Associated Press
Wall Street Journal, more, May 28, 2012

ALBANY—Advocates including the Occupy Albany movement and clergy pushing New York's proposal to raise the minimum wage are gearing up for the final four weeks of the legislative session. ...

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, is trying to turn overwhelming support in polls—even more than half of Republicans voters support raising the wage—into a tool to persuade GOP senators to support the measure.

Legislative Gazette: Minimum wage 'not going away'

By Amanda Verrette
Legislative Gazette, May 25, 2012

Even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has acknowledged the contentious minimum wage debate will likely not be resolved this legislative session, supporters of a $1.25-an-hour increase remain optimistic and continued to push for the measure late last week. More than 200 business owners and executives have signed on to a Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Statement, calling on the governor and the Senate to pass legislation to increase the state's minimum wage.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Wage hike could help 10 percent

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 25, 2012

A report Thursday said 880,000 workers in New York — 61,000 of them in the nine-county Rochester area — would have higher incomes if the minimum wage were increased, representing about 10 percent of all workers in the state. ...

However, some business leaders indicated Thursday they support a minimum wage increase. Costco and the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce were among companies and organizations that signed a statement supporting an increase.

AP: Some businesses support raising NY minimum wage

Associated Press, May 25, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y — Advocates for the poor are getting help from some business operators in their quest to raise the minimum wage.

Costco and small business operators statewide called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate's Republican majority to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.

The bill is sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

But the Senate's Republican majority calls it a job killer.

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.