Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed an executive order expanding New York City’s living-wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90.
Protesters gathered outside the McDonald’s at 51st Street and Broadway in Manhattan on Monday, chanting “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super size” and “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Poverty wages got to go.”
Fast food workers in New York and six other cities across the country were set to go on strike Monday, on the grounds that their wages are just too low to live on.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the deal Friday along with political officials and union and business representatives.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is against it and Council Speaker Christine Quinn is straddling the fence, but that didn’t stop hundreds from attending a hearing on a controversial bill to boost the salaries of some workers.
The battle over a city council bill that would establish a mandated living wage of $10 plus benefits, rages on.
The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act would use taxpayer subsidies to expand living wage jobs. The City Council scheduled a public hearing for Thursday afternoon.