Broad support in NYC for higher minimum wage, poll shows
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers strongly back hiking the minimum wage, a poll showed on Thursday, while their support for the police department hit new lows under a mayor seeking to improve community relations.
Half of the city voters surveyed said they would support an increase in New York’s minimum wage to $13 an hour from $8, while a third approved of a hike to $10.10, the poll by Quinnipiac University showed.
Only about one in 10 said the rate should stay where it is, it said.
The findings come in the wake of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s amending of a bill to boost the minimum wage.
The proposal, which Silver called a top priority as the legislative session comes to a close, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, indexed to inflation, and allow municipalities to push wages as much as 30 percent higher.
| 21. Do you think the minimum wage in New York City of $8.00 an hour should be raised to $10.10 an hour, or to $13.00 an hour, or shouldn’t New York City’s minimum wage be raised?
Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk Hsp
Raised to $10.10 35% 35% 33% 42% 33% 37% 37% 32% 39%
Raised to $13.00 50 34 61 40 50 51 42 59 57
Shouldn't be raised 11 30 5 13 12 11 18 5 2
DK/NA 3 1 1 6 5 2 2 4 2
State bill would require $15 an hour minimum wage at chains and large businesses
BY Erin Durkin
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sen. Daniel Squadron and Albany legislators announce a bill to require a $15 an hour wage at large businesses.
Big chain stores and other large businesses would have to pay their workers at least $15 an hour under state legislation introduced by Sen. Daniel Squadron.
The mandate would apply to chains that have at least 11 locations nationwide – including big box stores and fast food restaurants – businesses that bring in at least $50 million a year in revenue, and transportation-related businesses like airport contractors.
The $15 minimum would be indexed to inflation.
and think progress http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/17/3427778/15-minimum-wage-new-york-city/
and Gothamist http://gothamist.com/2014/04/17/ny_state_lawmakers_propose_bill_for.php#.
ny times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/nyregion/new-york-lawmakers-push-to-raise-wages-at-biggest-chains.html?hpw&rref=nyregion
shortlink here: http://wp.me/p2w2NH-oo
New York City, via gothamist.com http://gothamist.com/2013/08/29/fast_food_workers_walk_out_to_fight.php :)
“Fast food workers are walking out on their jobs today to once again protest low wages, demand the right to unionize and fight for better working conditions. The strikes are occurring in 50 cities including New York City, where there are multiple walk-outs plus a rally planned.
The first walkout was at the McDonald’s at 341 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn was there, as was City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Letitia James. James invoked Martin Luther King Jr., quoting the civil rights leader, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.””
“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fast-food workers staged strikes at McDonald’s and Burger Kings and demonstrated at other stores in sixty U.S. cities on Thursday in their latest action in a nearly year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.
The strikes spread quickly across the country and have shut down restaurants in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh and Seattle, according to organizers.”
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fast-food-protests-hit-los-angeles-thursday-20130829,0,7294893.story
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/fast-food-protest-chicago_n_3837419.html
the Guardian UK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/29/fast-food-workers-low-pay-nationwide-walkout
KTVU San Francisco: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/fast-food-strike/nZf4X/
NBC 5 Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Fast-Food-Workers-Join-Nationwide-Strike-221626461.html
Flint, Michigan: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/08/minimum_wage_protesters_in_fli.html
shortlink here: http://wp.me/p2w2NH-mQ mnemonic here: http://urlet.com/anyway.too
Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Go On Strike For Higher Wages
Photo credit: Ryan L. Williams
Hundreds of retail and fast food workers went on a coordinated strike this morning to call for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without interference.
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report: A Case for $15:
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago / Fight for 15 – Lucha por 15 WOCC: https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15
Fast Food Forward (NYC): https://www.facebook.com/FastFoodForward
#strikefor15, #fightfor15, #fastfoodforward
Proposed minimum wage hike more popular, survey says
by Rick Seltzer
1/17/2013 10:44:00 AM
The latest survey of New York’s registered voters from the Siena (College) Research Institute (SRI) shows growing support for raising the state’s minimum wage, division over hydrofracking, and increasing opposition to new casinos.
SRI’s polling, conducted in January and released this morning, found 83 percent of registered voters backing an increase in New York’s minimum wage. Support is up from 80 percent in August.
Opposition to a minimum wage hike also fell. It dropped to 15 percent in the latest poll, down from 17 percent in August.
The changes are within the survey’s margin of error, which is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. But support hit its highest level ever measured by SRI this January, and it has been trending up in two surveys since June of 2012.
“On increasing the minimum wage, there is overwhelming bipartisan support,” SRI pollster Steven Greenberg said in a news release.
via the Greater Binghampton Business Journal:
Link to the SRI Poll: http://urlet.com/awaiting.assume or
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report: A Case for $15.
Democracy Now! was there when workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and others went on strike Thursday and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. Organizers with the Fast Food Forward campaign are seeking an increased pay rate of $15 an hour, about double what the minimum-wage workers are making. Workers and their allies demanded a wage that would let them support their families. Martyna Starosta filed this report.
Fast-food workers walked off the job in New York City Thursday to hold a series of rallies and picket lines in what has been called the largest series of worker actions ever to hit the country’s fast-food industry. Hundreds of workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and others went on strike and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. Organizers with the Fast Food Forward campaign are seeking an increased pay rate of $15 an hour, about double what the minimum-wage workers are making. Workers and their allies demanded a wage that would let them support their families. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González spoke to many of the striking workers for his latest New York Daily News column, “One-day strike by fast-food workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other restaurants is just the beginning.” [includes rush transcript]
“When a restaurant/hospitality worker complains about not making a living, they are often told things like “no one is forcing you to work in a restaurant” or “it is your choice where you work” or “you just need to improve your working skills to make your work product more valuable and businesses will pay you more” or sometimes even “no one owes you a living.”
You see and hear comments like that all the time.
Why doesn’t that apply to business? Aren’t you choosing to run a restaurant? If the margins are so low in food, why don’t you open a bank or a gold mine? It’s your choice you know. Or maybe if you just brush up on your entrepreneurial skills you can think of a better business to invest your capital in. How about “no one owes you a restaurant?”
I am not trying to be harsh, but I am applying the same logic and the same free market analysis to you as a business owner that is often applied to the working poor”
While boisterous protests targeted Chicago-area Walmarts Friday, a new local union formed in mid-November coordinated a second wave of actions calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, well beyond a gradual statewide increase to $10.55 that may be approved next year.
The Illinois minimum wage is currently $8.25 per hour.
The activities were part of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago’s “Fight for 15” campaign. The committee says it already includes employees at more than 100 businesses. After supporting the Walmart rallies, committee members marched down Michigan Avenue and rallied both outside and inside Water Tower Place.
“NYC isn’t the only place fast food workers are in revolt. Today’s strike follows a founding convention held earlier this month by an linked organization, the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago. WWOC claims 200-some members in fast food and retail. Its most dramatic actions took place on Black Friday, when workers leafleted and demonstrated at major companies and dropped a banner inside of Macy’s (they also joined pickets in support of local Wal-Mart workers). “We’re getting all the workers together and we’re standing up against CEOs,” said WOCC member Brittney Smith. “Because there’s more workers than there are CEOs.” Smith, a college student who recently quit her job at the retail chain Express and took a similar job at American Apparel, said she now makes $8.75 an hour. “Some of the time I luck out and I can eat two meals a day,” she said. “But most of the time, I’m eating one.”
Like FFWC in New York, WOCC is a new independent union made up of workers tied together by a shared city and similarly low wages, not a single employer. Both FFWC and WOCC are backed by unions and labor community groups, and so far aren’t recognized by any employers. And they’re making the same demands: allow a fair process for unionization and start paying $15 an hour. Organizers say that could be achieved through union contracts with individual companies, or through joint bargaining with several employers at once. Either way, it’s a heavy lift.
The New York and Chicago campaigns evoke two strategies that have been long debated but infrequently attempted in U.S. labor. First, “minority unionism”: mobilizing workers to take dramatic actions and make demands on management prior to showing support from the majority of employees. Second, “geographic organizing”: collaboration between multiple unions to organize workers at several employers and win public support for raising a region’s standards through unionization. This campaign is also the latest example in which community-based organizing groups, which unions have long leaned on to drum up support for workers, are playing a major role in directly organizing workers to win union recognition.”