Advocates urge legislature to approve the Governor’s proposed increase along with cost of living adjustments in future years.
The New York State Minimum Wage Coalition applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday for announcing in his State of the State address that raising the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour was a priority for his administration.
‘The current minimum wage is unlivable,” said Mr. Cuomo. “We propose raising the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the fair thing to do. It is long overdue. We should have done it last year; let’s do it this year.”
More than 1 million low-paid workers in New York would see their wages rise as a result of the increase backed by Mr. Cuomo.
“This year, Albany leaders can create a legacy of economic fairness for New York’s low-wage workers. Governor Cuomo’s championing of a minimum wage increase of $8.75 in his State of the State speech is the first big step,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “Assembly Speaker Silver has demonstrated his commitment to raising the wage throughout his career; and we’re heartened that Senator Klein, last year, introduced legislation identical to Speaker Silver’s bill to raise the minimum wage and index it each year going forward. Labor, community, faith and student groups will keep working hard, until the bill is passed and New York families finally feel the impact.”
“Governor Cuomo’s strong statement on the importance of raising the minimum wage, his strong leadership to put New York’s wage near the top of the nation, and his clear commitment to raise the wage to $8.75 per hour are exactly what our economy needs now.
The Legislature should move forward to write this increase into law, with indexing to allow future increases that will match inflation. Together, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature can leave a legacy of economic fairness that will broaden prosperity and make our state’s economy stronger.”
– Statement of Michael Kink, Executive Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition
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“Republicans have finally recognized what most Americans have known for years: the wealthy can afford to pay more in taxes,” said Michael Kink, Executive Director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition. “Progressive tax reform just makes sense when we’ve got the worst income inequality in modern history. New Yorkers should continue to press Congress over the coming weeks to do less for big corporations and the very rich — and more for low-income, working and middle class families. That means protecting Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, and that means investing in job creation that will lead to broader prosperity and a stronger economy.”
Thanks to all who participated in New York actions over the past month: 28 in-the-streets events, three statewide call-in days generating thousands of calls to Congress, four statewide conference call teach-ins and updates with hundreds of participants, a detailed report on high-end income & entitlement disparities, several hard-hitting op-eds, dozens of letters to the editor, small-scale teach-ins and meet-ups, a large-scale Facebook campaign and hundreds of tweets — all in just five weeks.
Today activists from all over New York are posting comments on the Facebook pages of House members who haven’t yet expressed their willingness to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to help avoid the “fiscal cliff” austerity bomb of budget cuts and tax hikes that will hit low-income and working New Yorkers the hardest.
If we go over the cliff, across-the-board spending cuts will hit schools, housing and emergency food aid; even FEMA assistance to Sandy survivors will be slashed as more than $800 million is cut from public and private employers in our state including schools, senior services and homeless housing programs. Over 200,000 New Yorkers will lose unemployment benefits and start applying for welfare, and millions of families will start to see a tax increase in the first paycheck of 2013.
If New York House GOP members Pete King, Michael Grimm, Ann Marie Buerkle, Chris Gibson, Tom Reed, Richard Hanna and Nan Hayworth were willing to do what a majority of New Yorkers want — tax the wealthy and prevent harsh cuts to students, seniors and working families — we can get a fair deal on the fiscal cliff.
Poke them today!
Rep. Peter King:
Rep. Michael Grimm:
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle
Rep. Chris Gibson
Rep. Richard Hanna
As the budget showdown heats up in Washington, community and labor groups that are fighting for an end to the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2%, no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, and investment in good jobs will hold a special update briefing and conference call for activists like you.
We’ll be joined by special guests Rep. Jerry Nadler, our progressive champion in Congress, and Damon Silvers, Policy Director for the AFL-CIO. They will give us the latest from Washington and answer questions. Other speakers will brief us on the key issues in play, who’s important to reach, and what’s happening across New York and how people and groups can get involved.
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Constituents, statewide coalition demand an end to tax cuts for the rich, protection of middle class tax breaks and vital services in avoiding looming fiscal cliff
Massapequa- Constituents of Congressman Peter King (R-LI) today delivered a strong message to him concerning the ongoing “fiscal cliff” debate: end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and protect vital services like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Progressive groups and statewide coalitions including The Action, Strong Economy for All, Citizen Action, MoveOn, and others were also involved.
Congress is currently facing a major showdown over federal spending and tax cuts known as the “fiscal cliff,” which will result in tax increases for middle-class families and cuts to necessary social safety nets if it is not avoided. Following Hurricane Sandy, New York could also face the blow of losing critical FEMA funding and educational, nutritional and housing assistance if a settlement is not reached.
“I’m here today to tell Rep. King that Long Islanders need investments in infrastructure, jobs, protection for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and tax relief for the middle class,” said Charles Khan, constituent of Rep. King and community organizer. “We cannot afford more tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that don’t need them. He must show leadership and stand up for his constituents.”
New York – A statewide coalition – consisting of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Citizen Action of New York – released a report today showing the disparity between the large number of New Yorkers who would suffer from cuts to services and the extraordinarily small number who stand to benefit from additional tax cuts for the rich.
The report’s release follows President Obama’s offer to end tax cuts on those with incomes above $400,000 and House Republicans’ decision to move a bill that would end tax cuts for only those with incomes above $1 million. The report illustrates how few people within the state’s congressional districts represented by Republicans earn even over $250,000, especially when compared to the percentages of those receiving Medicare or Social Security who suffer from cuts to those services.
“Members of the New York Congressional delegation need to defend the beneficiaries of Medicare and Social Security, many of whom depend heavily on these programs,” said Michael Burgess, New York Statewide Senior Action Council. “Any proposal that does not let the Bush tax cuts expire for those with annual incomes above $250,000 will likely necessitate further cuts to health and social programs that will further damage the safety net members of Congress should put first.”
The large majority of people in these New York congressional districts who would lose services is consistent with the results of a recent Washington Post-ABC poll that showed a majority of Americans disapprove of cutting Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and an overwhelming majority (74%) support raising taxes on Americans with incomes over $250,000 per year.
Monday is a HUGE day of actions to fight cuts and demand a fair deal as Congress moves our economy closer and closer to the “fiscal cliff” — grab your friends and family and join us!
The New York State AFL-CIO is organizing events on Long Island and in Albany, Plattsburgh, Utica, Cortland, Syracuse, Buffalo and Corning with local area labor federations. And in New York City, MoveOn.org is joining with the Patriotic Millionaires and allies outside the Third Avenue offices of Senators Schumer & Gillibrand.
Most actions are at 4:30 or 5 PM — full details below:
New York City
Stand Up for Us! Fiscal Cliff Rally for Fairness & Progress From Congress
December 10 * 5PM
780 Third Avenue (at 48th Street) Manhattan * Offices of Senators Schumer & Gillibrand
MoveOn.org and allies * also including “Patriotic Millionaires” in support of fair-share tax hikes on the wealthy
Monday Dec. 10th
Interfaith Prayer Gathering
St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church
600 Newbridge Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
For more info contact: Long Island Federation of Labor 631-348-1170
Monday, Dec. 10th
Shine a Light on Human Dignity this Holiday Season!
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
West Capitol Steps
Albany, NY 12230
For more info contact: Capital District ALF
Monday, Dec 10th
Vigil outside Rep. Bill Owens Office
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Broad St & Durkee St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Monday, Dec 10th
Vigil Against Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
258 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13502
For more info contact: Enesa Sabanagic, CNY Labor Council 315-735-6101
Monday Dec. 10th
“Take Care of Tiny Tim: Tax Scrooge”
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
18 Tomkins Street
Cortland, NY 13045
For more info contact: CNY ALF, 607-372-3153
Tuesday, Dec 11th
Strike Out Tax Breaks for the Rich
East Syracuse, NY
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
201 Highland St
East Syracuse, NY 13057
For more info contact: CNY ALF at 315-422-3363
Monday, Dec. 10th
Senator Schumer’s Office
130 South Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14201
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
For more info contact: WNY ALF at 716-852-0375
Corning 89 West Market St * DECEMBER 10 NOON * Brian Dugan – 607-425-1130
Jamaica, Queens NYC: Rep. Meeks Office December 10 6PM 153-01 Jamaica Avenue Queens, NY 11432
Members of CWA Local 1180 will hold signs and hand out leaflets to the public on the street in front of Representative Greg Meeks’ office. Contact Gerald Brown at CWA Local 1180 at 212-226-6565 or Pete Sikora at CWA District 1 917-648-7786.
Sponsored by: Communications Workers of America Local District 1/Local 1180
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As working families struggle to survive, some members of Congress have prioritized cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and are threatening to take the country over the fiscal cliff to keep the wealthiest 2% of Americans from paying their fair share.
LET’S FIGHT BACK THIS THURSDAY: Labor, community, student, faith and progress groups are united to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, protect the safety net and invest in jobs and broader prosperity – while pressing employers to improve wages & benefits and pressing government to support unionization of low-wage workers and a higher minimum wage.
Labor, community, student & faith groups are organizing across New York to demand that our representatives in Congress stand up for regular New Yorkers as they deal with the “fiscal cliff” in December – join us as we fight for our key priorities and hit our key targets!