As Cuomo Prepares “Wage Board” Appointments, Fast-Food Workers and Women’s Leaders Call to End Sub-Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

New report finds a “Wage Order” eliminating NY’s tipped sub-minimum wage would promote fair pay for working women and raise wages for 229,000 tipped workers across the state


Albany, NY – Marking a new front in the fight for fair pay for low-wage workers in New York, a new coalition of women’s leaders, fast-food delivery workers, and low-wage tipped workers across the state are calling for an end to the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers as the Cuomo administration prepares to appoint a Wage Board charged with recommending an increase in the state’s tipped sub-minimum wage.


On Thursday, fast-food delivery workers — joined by dozens of other low-wage tipped workers and supporters – will rally outside a Manhattan Domino’s to call for an end to New York’s tipped sub-minimum wage. Citing rampant wage theft, tipped workers will demand an administrative Wage Order that requires companies to directly pay tipped workers the state’s full minimum wage, with tips in addition.

USA Today Study: States that raised minimum wage had stronger job growth

By: Paul Davidson

A recent study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research attempts to undercut the argument that raising the minimum wage kills jobs.

The study, which updates a Goldman Sachs analysis to include data from April and May, shows that the 13 states that increased their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have had stronger employment growth than the 37 states that didn’t. The study compared average employment during the first five months of 2014 with the last five months of 2013.

New York City Leaders Reach Accord on $75 Billion Budget


Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, have announced an agreement on a $75 billion budget that Mr. de Blasio said signaled a more compassionate era for New York City, with investments in public housing, expanded prekindergarten programs and summer jobs for youths, but with no tax increases or major cuts.

The plan “signals the beginning of many other steps we will take to help the people of this city,” he said, speaking late Thursday in the City Hall rotunda.

IBO Budget Analysis 2015 Executive Budget

IBO Budget Analysis

Senate shakeup could result in major changes in NY

Written by
Joseph Spector
Albany Bureau Chief

ALBANY — A hydrofracking moratorium, a higher minimum wage, stronger abortion protections and public financing of campaigns would top the agenda for Senate Democrats if they win a majority in November.

The decision late Wednesday by a five-member Senate Independent Democratic Conference to rejoin with Senate Democrats would have an major impact on New York policy. And it set off a war of words Thursday between Republicans and Democrats — a precursor to a bitter election fight over the next four months.

Democrats, if they win control, would push for other issues that have stalled: providing tuition assistance to immigrants in the country illegally, called the Dream Act; and allowing local governments to set their own minimum wages, up to about $13 an hour. They also want to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Raise Up NY Slide Deck


RAISE UP NY Slide Deck


Across the Nation, Momentum Continues to Grow for Raising Wages at the Local Level as Cities Stand up to McDonald’s & Walmart

New York—Citing Seattle’s historic deal to move to a $15 / hour minimum wage, fast food workers today urged Albany lawmakers to let cities raise the state’s unlivable $8 / hour minimum wage by passing RaiseUpNY (S.6516 Stewart-Cousins/ A.9036 Camara).

“The momentum is there. The need is there. It’s time for Albany to get off the sidelines and to start standing up for the 3 million low-wage New Yorkers who are working hard, playing by the rules, and still living in poverty,” said KFC worker Naquasia LeGrand.

“Otherwise, they’re just allowing the most profitable corporations on the planet, like Walmart and McDonald’s, to pay their workers as little as possible. Our economy will never get back on track that way—and women and people of color, the majority of folks in these jobs, will never have an honest shot at the middle class.”


Cities and counties around the country including California, Arizona and Washington State have already instituted higher minimum wages and the results have been hugely positive. In each case, there was opposition, but the sky didn’t fall. Instead, workers have more money in their pockets, poverty has been reduced and economies have gotten stronger. Even better—citywide increases didn’t hamstring efforts to raise the statewide minimum. In each case, the local initiatives helped build momentum for broader wage hikes.


73% of New Yorkers –including 2/3 of voters in every region of state – support this measure, as does the Black and Latino Caucus, and more than 125 prominent women leaders, including NAACP NYS President Hazel Dukes, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York Andrea Miller, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Citizen Action Executive Director Karen Scharff, Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner, NYS League of Women Voters Executive Director Barbara Bartoletti, NYS Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D- Yonkers), NYS Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester), NYS Assembly Member Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), NYS Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) and NYS State Assembly Member Michaelle Solages (D-Long Island).

Likelihood of Success

President Obama, the Pope, Billionaire Conservative Ron Unz, striking fast food workers, and 73% of New Yorkers agree we need to raise the minimum wage to jumpstart the economy. The tide is turning, momentum is on our side, and the bottom line is that even Albany isn’t immune to the will of voters.
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Michael Kink-Strong For All Exec. Dir. Summary Notes on Tax Issues In The Budget

On the budget & inequality:
“The tax provisions in this budget provide the biggest benefits to the wealthy and to Wall Street — they’ll make our worst-in-the-nation income inequality even worse”, said Michael Kink, Executive Director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition.  
On the elimination of the Bank Tax;
“Wall Street in New York is like oil & gas in Texas — their lobbyists usually get what they ask for.  What they got in this budget is a $350 million per year Albany bailout they don’t need and don’t deserve.”




Today’s the day to stop the Albany bailout for Wall Street – call your representatives TODAY, MONDAY MARCH 10 and tell them to reject Cuomo’s new tax break for big banks.


Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the Bank Tax and lower rates of taxation will cost between $250 and $350 million per year – and the Governor admits that this new giveaway will be paid for with new austerity cuts elsewhere in the state budget.




Michael Kink Statement regarding Senator Skelos remarks on UPKNYC

“Senator Skelos should let democracy work. New York City deserves a vote on its home rule power to tax its own millionaires to pay for universal pre-k for its own children– the same as every other county in the state. Its not right for Senator Skelos and his legislative minority to block families and children from a shot at a brighter future.”