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Raising the Minimum Wage

Raising the Wage in New York and across the Country

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and our core partners are helping to drive local efforts across the country to improve the lives of working people by raising the minimum wage.

Employment at the current minimum wage is driving working people deeper into poverty across the county. While the cost of housing, food and other every day needs has risen, the minimum wage rate has not kept pace. In response, low-wage workers nationwide are organizing and pushing for fair pay and respect.

Raising the minimum wage in NY

CPD is proud to have been a...

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and our core partners are helping to drive local efforts across the country to improve the lives of working people by raising the minimum wage.

Employment at the current minimum wage is driving working people deeper into poverty across the county. While the cost of housing, food and other every day needs has risen, the minimum wage rate has not kept pace. In response, low-wage workers nationwide are organizing and pushing for fair pay and respect.

Raising the minimum wage in NY

CPD is proud to have been a major partner in the coalition of labor, business, community, faith and policy organizations across New York State that led the successful campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in 2013. The Governor approved an increase to New York State’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour over the next three years, adding nearly $2 billion to workers’ paychecks cumulatively. Over 1.5 million workers in the state will see increases in their paychecks.

Fighting to eliminate a separate wage for tipped workers in NY State. In the final weeks before the NY State budget passed, the coalition won a commitment from Governor Cuomo to use the Department of Labor’s (DOL) administrative process to give tipped food service workers – who will not see an automatic increase under the budget deal – a badly-needed raise. Currently New York’s tipped wage is 69% of the standard state minimum wage-- the same standard that the Democrats in Washington, including New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, are pushing for the whole nation under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.  

The campaign has now turned to fighting to make sure that the DOL raises tipped workers’ wages as promised.  Together with National Employment Law Project, CPD is helping convene a broad coalition of organizations to push a progressive agenda in New York including eliminating the separate wage for tipped workers.

News

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02/8/2017 | Alternet

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11/15/2016 | City Limits

Voters have decided it’s time to give Colorado’s minimum-wage workers a long-overdue raise....

11/9/2016 | The Colorado Independent

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facts & figures

  • $10.74: How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25. Learn More
  • $15,080: The annual income for a full-time employee working the entire year at the federal minimum wage.
  • 0: The number of states where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week....
  • $10.74: How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25. Learn More
  • $15,080: The annual income for a full-time employee working the entire year at the federal minimum wage.
  • 0: The number of states where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week. Learn More
  • 3: The number of times Congress passed legislation to increase the minimum wage in the last 30 years.
  • 19: The number of states (including the District of Columbia) which have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25.
  • 10: The number of states that annually increase their state minimum to keep up with the rising cost of living.
  • 67: The percentage of Americans that support gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10.00 an hour, according to an October 2010 poll.
  • 64 in 100 vs. 4 in 100: What are the chances an adult minimum wage worker is a woman vs. the chances a Fortune 500 CEO is a woman? Learn More
  • 76: The percentage of Missouri voters that voted to increase and index the Misourri minimum wage in the 2006 ballot initiative.
  • $2.13: The federal minimum wage for tipped employees, such as waiters and waitresses, nail salon workers, or parking attendants.

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