NY board set to back minimum wage hike for fast-food workers

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food workers in New York may soon get a super-sized raise.

A state Wage Board is expected to recommend a higher minimum wage for the industry during a meeting Wednesday in New York City. Board members say they support an increase, though they haven’t offered a specific amount.

Many fast-food workers say the minimum wage for their industry should be set at $15 an hour to allow workers to contend with high costs of living.

The board’s recommendation will need the approval of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner. Restaurant industry groups say they expect Cuomo to support an increase despite concerns that it would lead to higher prices and fewer hours for workers.

New York’s minimum wage is now $8.75 and will rise to $9 at year’s end.

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