#OneFairWage coalition response to the Wage Board’s Friday vote on New York State’s sub-minimum wage

Posted On January 30, 2015

Today, the three-member Wage Board appointed by Governor Cuomo to recommend changes in New York’s $5.00 sub-minimum wage for tipped workers issued its recommendations.

By a 2-to-1 vote, the Board recommended:

1. Consolidating various restaurant and hospitality tipped worker categories into one category;
2. Raising the state tipped minimum wage for restaurant and hospitality tipped workers to $7.50 per hour;
3. Raising New York City’s tipped minimum wage to $8.50 per hour should the legislature raise the City’s minimum wage;
4. Doing a review of whether or not to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers entirely and guarantee these workers the full minimum wage, as 7 other states have done.

These recommendations are long overdue, common-sense proposals that will raise wages for 229,000 servers and hospitality industry workers around the state, who are disproportionately women and who suffer from more than double the poverty rate of the workforce as a whole.

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Rich vs. Poor School Funding Disparity Hits Record

Posted On January 11, 2015

ALBANY — In the opening salvo of what promises to be a heated battle this year over education reform, a new report says funding inequities between poor and rich school districts across the state has reached record levels under Gov. Cuomo – and has soared 43% in New York City.

Overall, schools in poorer districts spent $8,733 per pupil less in 2012 than those from wealthier ones, an inequity that grew by nearly 9% from before Cuomo took office in 2011, according to the study by a coalition of education advocacy groups opposing many of the reforms pushed by Cuomo. (more…)

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In New Campaign, Zephyr Teachout and Working Families Party Push to Limit Hedge Fund Control over Public Education

Posted On December 2, 2014

Before Possible Special Session in Albany, Broad Coalition Condemns Hedge Fund Leaders Who Bought Control of Cuomo and State Senate and Now Want Control of Schools

New York, NY— The same hedge funds that bought the recent elections to win influence with Cuomo and Senate Republicans now want to use their clout to transform our public education system, but we’re not going to let it happen.

That was the message today from Zephyr Teachout, the Working Families Party, and a broad coalition of concerned parents. Ahead of a possible special legislative session in Albany next week, they gathered on the steps of the Tweed courthouse to launch a new campaign to fight the growing efforts of hedge funds to run New York’s schools and dictate education policy.  (more…)

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Posted On October 22, 2014

Albany, NY –Tipped workers called on the Cuomo administration today to use a newly-announced Wage Board to eliminate New York’s tipped sub-minimum wage, which is currently just $5.00

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Press Release: Workers, Advocates Call on Cuomo’s Wage Board to Eliminate Sub-Minimum Wage for 230K Tipped Workers in New York

Posted On September 15, 2014

Poverty Rate Among Tipped Workers Double That of Regular Workforce


Following the first convening of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s wage board on Monday, workers and advocates called for the elimination of the sub-minimum wage for New York State’s 230,000 tipped workers at a rally in New York City.

“I can’t live on $6.40 an hour, it’s that simple,” said Jose Sanchez, 32, a pizza deliveryman who has worked at a Domino’s in Washington Heights for four years. “Domino’s says that because we make tips, that’s enough. It never is, especially when they’re pocketing some of our wages in the process. Profitable chains like Domino’s pay us so little that we have to live on food stamps and Medicaid. The Wage Board can help fix that by getting rid of the sub-minimum wage.”

Employers in New York can still pay less than the minimum wage—just $5 an hour—to restaurant servers, delivery workers, and other service workers. While employers are legally required to “top off” a tipped worker’s pay when it falls short of the regular minimum wage, lax and disorganized enforcement enables employers to routinely violate minimum wage, overtime and other wage and hour laws with minimal repercussion.


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