Albany, NY - July 22, 2015 - Attorney General Eric. T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today on the decision by the New York State wage board to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers to $15.00 per hour:
“New York’s current minimum wage is nowhere near high enough for workers to be able to take care of themselves and their families. When I first called for a wage board back in April, I said it would be a critical first step toward raising wages for low-wage workers all across the state. Today’s announcement is a long-overdue step forward for thousands of fast food workers in New York, but we cannot stop here. We must keep working for a real, living wage for all New York workers, many of whom work full-time and still live in poverty. That is unconscionable. Today’s announcement will build the momentum we need to finally extend a living wage to all hard-working New Yorkers, which is why I will fight anyone who seeks to challenge this in court and do everything in my power as Attorney General to protect New York’s workers and their families.”
Attorney General Schneiderman first laid out the legal case for a wage board in an April 16, 2015 op-ed in the New York Daily News. Two weeks later, Governor Cuomo announced he would be establishing the wage board.
Since 2011, Schneiderman’s office has successfully secured more than $20 million in restitution for more than 17,000 workers who have been the victims of wage theft, including thousands of fast-food workers, car wash workers, and construction workers.