It’s been one month since Governor Cuomo announced that it’s time for New York to pay its 180,000 fast-food workers more money and created a panel to study the industry’s wages. Now, Cuomo has a high-profile supporter of his cause: Steinem is pushing the board to recommend a $15-an-hour minimum-wage rate — up from $8.75 — for fast-food workers. She said:
Let’s be on the right side of history — and both sides of the counter, worker and customer — by raising wages for all fast food workers across New York State. In a low wage industry where women — including working mothers who are one step away from the safety net — are overrepresented, a fair income is a must. I applaud Gov. Cuomo’s wage board, and I urge its members to stand up for fast food workers and simple fairness by paying a $15 an hour wage.
Cuomo is yet to announce a specific number that he has in mind — but $15 would be an incredible improvement.