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Cuomo Raises Minimum Wage for State Employees to $15

POSTED on November 24, 2015

ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration is raising the minimum wage for state workers to $15 an hour. New York will become the first state to raise the minimum wage for public sector employees to $15. This groundbreaking action comes as the Governor is pushing to make New York the first state in the nation to implement a $15 minimum wage across all industries, and follows the $15 minimum wage increase for fast food workers approved by the Governor s administration earlier this year.

"I believe that if you work hard and work full time, you should not be condemned to live in poverty. Yet millions of families nationwide continue to be left behind by an insufficient minimum wage -- and it's time that changed," said Governor Cuomo. "Today in New York, we are leading by example and creating an economy that is defined by opportunity, not inequality. We are restoring the fairness and economic justice that built the American dream and standing up for what's right. I am proud of what we continue to accomplish, because New Yorkers deserve nothing less."

Approximately 10,000 state employees will be benefited by the Governor's action, including those in all Executive Agencies, the Legislature, the Judiciary, and the independently elected agencies of the Department of Law and the Office of State Comptroller. Approximately 9,000 employees are outside of New York City, and 1,000 within New York City.

This change will be reflected in the State's Budget Policy and Reporting Manual. When fully phased in on July 1, 2021, this wage increase has an annual projected cost of roughly $20.6 million, including the anticipated effect of fringe benefits.

This increase, which was announced by the Governor at a rally for low-wage workers in New York City, will be implemented on the same phased-in schedule currently underway for fast food workers. That schedule is as follows:

New York City

Statewide (excluding NYC)

Min. Wage

Effective Date

Min. Wage

Effective Date

$10.50

12/31/2015

$9.75

12/31/2015

$12.00

12/31/2016

$10.75

12/31/2016

$13.50

12/31/2017

$11.75

12/31/2017

$15.00

12/31/2018

$12.75

12/31/2018

  

$13.75

12/31/2019

  

$14.50

12/31/2020

  

$15.00

7/1/2021

 Governor Cuomo has consistently fought to increase the minimum wage in New York State. In 2013, the Governor signed legislation that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to its current level of $8.75. That legislation included another incremental increase to $9.00 that will take effect by the end of 2015. Additionally, the State Department of Labor empaneled a wage board last July focusing on tipped workers. The Governor's administration ultimately accepted that wage board's recommendations, setting the stage for an increase in wages for tipped workers from $4.90, $5.00 and $5.65 to $7.50 per hour on December 31, 2015.

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