News New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high.


    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the increase Thursday, a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden. Cuomo said he would work to pass legislation setting a $15 minimum for all industries, a promise that comes as more and more cities around the country move toward a $15 minimum wage.

    "Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an hour," the governor told the enthusiastic crowd of union members. "We're not going to stop until we get it done."

    Biden predicted the $15 wage for fast-food workers would galvanize efforts across the country.

    "You're going to make every single governor in every single state in America look at themselves," he said at the rally in New York City. "It's going to have a profound impact."

    He said he and President Barack Obama remain committed to raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.


    The wage increase for fast-food workers in New York will be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere in the state. It will apply to some 200,000 employees at large chain restaurants.

    So far, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and the California cities of Oakland and Berkeley have approved phased-in increases that eventually will take their minimum wage to $15 an hour, or about $31,200 a year.

    New York's increase was recommended by an unelected Wage Board created by Cuomo — a tactic that allowed the governor to circumvent the Legislature, where the Republican-led Senate has blocked big increases in recent years. The current $8.75 minimum is already set to rise to $9 at year's end under a law passed by lawmakers in 2013.

    Republicans held a hearing Thursday into the process behind the fast-food wage increase, which some restaurant owners have said they may challenge in court.

    Fast-food workers had pushed for the increase, noting their industry employs more low-wage workers than any other sector of the workforce. They say that unlike landscaping companies or child care services, the fast-food business is dominated by multinational companies with billion-dollar profits.

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    Franchise owners, however, say the increase singles them out and gives an unfair advantage to mom-and-pop competitors that won't have to raise wages.

    Pat Pipino, owner of a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in Saratoga Springs, said some franchise owners could be forced out of business by the increase. He predicted that others may be forced to raise prices or cut positions to absorb the higher labor costs.

    "By executive fiat, with the stroke of a pen, our financial model goes to pot," he said.

    Opposition by business groups and Senate Republicans will pose a significant hurdle for Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum for all workers.

    "Raising the wage floor in New York that far that fast could lead to unintended consequences such as severe job losses and negatively impact many businesses who are already struggling just to keep their heads above water," said Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan of Long Island.

    Democrats in the state Assembly and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have long supported a $15 minimum. On Thursday, de Blasio welcomed Cuomo's call for a higher minimum wage and said he would "urge Albany to act quickly."

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    At least these idiots with no understanding of basic economics are killing off the fast food industry.

    That's not much of a loss.






    Although this will eventually end up costing Obama about 90% of those "jobs" he supposedly created the last seven years. :giggle:
     
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    Fucking unions. One of two things will happen, the fast food chains will pull out because there is ZERO profit or they will be forced to raise prices which will drive off most consumers. No one wins in this.
     
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    the road to hell
     
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    my giant gripe with this, other than being absolutely absurd, is WHY JUST FAST FOOD WORKERS?

    ditch diggers can't pay their rent and buy food either.

    and i am sorry, but if you want to be successful in life, you have to put something into it, make a fucking effort. Filling out a McDonald's application isn't enough of an effort, IMHO.

    fuck all these asswipes.
     
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    31,200 to flip burgers and teachers sta
    And teachers start at 45K or so?? Explain that one to me? It's just pandering to the lowest idiot to keep their voting base.
     
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    im not for this, but if u arent going to increase min. wage with cost of living/inflation, dont have one at all.
    this is an over-reaction, but thats what happens when theres in-action for too long
     
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    Here's how this scam works:

    1) The politicians promise money which is not theirs to voters they desire.

    2) The unions will enter the picture, and that $15 per hour is BEFORE the employees have to kick up to union thugs.

    3) The unions will own both the politicians and the fast food cooks.

    4) Entrepreneurs will invent ways to eliminate jobs by employing robots instead of LaQuisha.

    5) Jobs will be lost and politicians will try and tax robot manufacturers.
     
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    can their fat asses even fit inside a voting booth?
     
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    Oh come on. What man shouldn't reasonably be able to expect to put three kids through college and build up a nice retirement account by working the fry machine at Mickey D's? It's only fair.
     
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    maybe, but republicans not raising it was just pandering to keep heir voting base (ill leave out the insults)
     
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    "Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an hour,"

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    So if my restaurant is not considered "fast food," I cannot get $15 per hour for working at Applebees?

    What a can of worms this is.

    Why not just index Minimum Wage, and adjust it every 3 years or so?
     
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    What has McDonalds or Burger King said about this?
     
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    Quit complaining. Your politician betters know more about who should be paid what than millions of individuals working in their own self interest in an economy.
     
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    How can you make it a LAW that a private business has to pay their employees a certain amount more than a Federal standard?

    That's complete bullshit.

    More importantly, who decides what "Fast Food" is. Is coffee fast food? How about pizza? What about donuts? What if I pick up a sandwich at the supermarket? How about a deli? Maybe I want to eat from a buffet at the Chinese restaurant.

    It's a freakin' nightmare for some judge to sort out.

    Sounds like some shitty idea that they'd invent in Venezuela.
     
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    Washington tried this bs and people ended up losing their jobs and shut down a lot of businesses.
     
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    i think the concept is to stick if to the fat cat corp fast food chains, and exempt the mom and pops.
    they dont realize many franchise owners are pops
     
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    The day of a $3.50 hamburger is going away! Many people will be put out of business if this raise goes thru.All this will do is make the cost of affordable meals go up.More work for less people employed,
     
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    Liberals are really, really horrible at this one thing: The Law of Unintended Consequences.

    See, non-liberals are usually OK at reasoning things through to 3+ levels of complexity. For instance:

    My kids love candy. If I give candy to my kids, they'll be full of love. This is the end of a liberal's thought process. Normal people may proceed.
    My kids will expect candy when they shouldn't have candy.
    Their teeth will suffer from too much candy.
    Their bodies will suffer from too much candy.
    My kids will have sugar highs and lows. This will create emotional outbursts.
    Eventually my kids will resent me and my efforts to placate them with more candy.
    The candy will kill my kids. I will have killed my kids.


    Giving people, and only SOME PEOPLE, $15 per hour for no particular reason is just killing them with candy. No one is SUPPOSED to have a shitty job at McD's for any length of time.