ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Wage Board met on Monday to finalize its recommendation endorsing a hike in fast food workers minimum wage.
The three-member board finalized its recommendation endorsing a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers in chain restaurants on Monday. It will soon go to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner who will have 45 days to act on the recommendation.
However, Cuomo has already expressed his support for the proposal, so there shouldn’t be a delay. But not everyone is happy with the increase.
Franchise owners said it unfairly singles out their industry because the wage hike would apply to fast food workers in restaurants with 30 or more locations. The increase also won’t apply to low wage workers in other industries.
Even all fast food workers are not happy with the pace of the increase because it would be phased in over three years in New York City. It will take six years to see the increase outside the city.