Yesterday was a huge day for New York State. The Labor Commissioner approved the Wage Board's recommendation to phase in a $15 wage for New York's fast food workers.
And that's not all. Appearing at a rally with fast food workers in New York City, Gov. Cuomo announced that he will make a $15 minimum wage for all New York workers his number one legislative priority this year.
This is an enormous victory on the way to winning living wages for all New Yorkers - and it couldn't have happened without the courageous organizing and agitating of workers all over the state.
When fast food workers first went on strike in New York City almost three years ago, most people dismissed their demand for $15 and a union as outrageous. But after years of going on strike and sharing their stories, workers have shifted the public consciousness and changed the political landscape.
Make no mistake - the fight is not over. It will take all of us continuing to organize and advocate in order to make New York's minimum wage a living wage for all workers.
But today is a day to celebrate how far we have come, to congratulate the workers who made this day possible, and to take hope that when we come together and organize, we win.
Thank you for all you have done to support New York's fast food workers and the movement for economic justice in our state!