Raise New York's Minimum Wage to $8.50 an Hour
  • Адресат петиции: Dean Skelos

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New York State Senate Majority Leader
Dean Skelos
New York State Senate
New York-009
State Sen. Dean Skelos
New York-064
State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

Raise New York's Minimum Wage to $8.50 an Hour

    1. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500
    2. Автор:

      United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500

      Westbury, NY

Dear Majority Leader Skelos and fellow Senators:

Minimum wage in New York is $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum. While eighteen other states have a higher wage, in New York it is the same as in West Virginia and Arkansas.

I am sure looking out your windows from your offices in Albany you can see we don’t live in West Virginia or Arkansas and we don’t have their cost of living.

Someone working full-time at minimum wage earns $290 a week, or just $15,080 yearly without any time off. It's impossible to pay for rent, food, transportation, health care and everything else on such a meager salary. It's indefensible that someone who works 40 hours a week would be unable to feed her family.

Increasing the minimum wage will put more money into the pockets of workers who need to spend every cent of their paycheck just to afford the basics -- the people who need it most. While millionaires and billionaires are able to save extra income, low wage workers don't have that option, so the extra money will be spent quickly, giving the economy a boost. The increased demand will create jobs and drive up wages for everyone else. Think of it as “trickle-up” economics.

Please pass a bill that raises the minimum wage to $8.50 and index it to inflation -- so low-wage workers don't continue to get left behind.

I think we can all agree that New Yorkers must take care of their own and increasing the minimum wage is a great way to take care of OUR own!!

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    • jeff Ayers ASTORIA, NY
      • почти 2 лет назад

      The current minimum wage is a joke. I'll refer you to a recent open letter from Mr. Ralph Nader to the CEO of Costco...


      $8.50 is a joke. The minimum wage should be AT LEAST $10.50 to be on pace with the rate of inflation since the 1960s. Even that would not be enough for the current high cost of living... but it's a start.


    • Paul Anderson BROOKLYN, NY
      • около 2 лет назад

      $7.25 per hour is truly impossible to live on. In fact it's a very bad and tasteless joke. Given the fact that a good number of workers on that wage are also part timers makes it all the more criminal and onerous. Let's stop putting profits before people!

    • charles ashby STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • около 2 лет назад

      I'm signing so my son can afford to help himself after he helps us. 50 dollars for the week after car/insurance payments is not fair.

    • Tom Johanesson STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • около 2 лет назад

      I'm signing so i can pay for more classes per semester.

    • Robert Frank FARMINGDALE, NY
      • около 2 лет назад

      Attorney won't settle anything, then add some to the wallet.


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