With LI Families Facing Low-Wage Crisis, Group to Urge Albany to Give Cities & Counties the Power to Raise the State's Unlivable $8/Hour Minimum Wage.
Brentwood, NY - May 23, 2014 - Dozens of struggling Long Islanders will join with lawmakers on Friday to draw attention to the island's low wage crisis, and to urge the legislature to pass Raise Up NY (S6516/A9036), which would allow cities and counties to raise the state's inadequate $8/hour minimum wage.
The action comes on the heels of fast food strikes and protests in 230 cities around the world in what MSNBC called the "biggest fast-food strike ever." The legislation is sponsored by State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly member Karim Camara.
According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, there are more than 400,000 low wage earners on Long Island. On Friday, lawmakers and low wage families will argue that Albany leaders should stand up for them -- not McDonald's or Wendy's -- and let Nassau and Suffolk raise pay in order to boost the local economy.
WHO: Dozens of struggling Long Islanders
Phil Ramos and a group of Assembly Representatives
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Working Families Party
New York Communities for Change
WHERE: Brentwood Road and 1st Avenue, Brentwood, Long Island
WHEN: Friday, May 23rd, 12pm
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