Wage Board files report for increasing fast food workers minimum wage

Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a rally after the New York Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in New York. The increase would be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Friday, the New York State Wage Board filed its official report with the New York State Department of Labor detailing how they came to the decision to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers.

The board agreed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The report said New York’s fast food industry employs upwards of 164,000 people. It also states the industry enjoys large profits, but it’s workers make small paychecks.

The wage board met eight times. Four of those meetings were hearings where people on both sides of the issue testified.

Two hundred twenty-five people spoke to the board, and the board reviewed over 2,000 written comments.

CLICK HERE to read the full report.

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