Faith and community leaders joined low-wage workers at the Capitol today to call on state government to end on- and off-the-books corruption and do more to fight poverty and inequality.
We've been eagerly awaiting the decision from the New York State Wage Board on raising fast food wages -- and the wait is almost over! The Board will meet again next Wednesday, July 22 at 2:30 pm in New York City, and we expect they will recommend a historic wage increase for our state's 180,000 fast food workers.
With 6 weeks left in this year's legislative session and scandals continuing to rock Albany, we're determined to keep attention on the scandal of New York's first-in-the-nation inequality. That's why we're returning to the State Capitol for four more Moral Mondays vigils, continuing to call on our leaders to pass urgently needed legislation to benefit the most vulnerable in our state.
We're gearing up for our annual Faith for a Fair NY Retreat, held this year on Sept. 16-17 at the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna! Join other faith leaders - both lay and clergy from many denominations and faiths - as we build relationships, learn together, and plan powerful action toward economic justice in New York State. Our workshop topics this year will include Single-Payer Healthcare, Effective Advocacy, Moral Budget, Low-Wage Worker Campaigns, and Immigrant Rights. Come be inspired and get connected to great work happening across the state!
Though this year’s legislative session is over, the fight for higher wages continues. Last year, when legislation that will raise the minimum wage in New York from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 by the end of 2015 was passed, a large sector of workers were excluded from the raise. Tipped workers - restaurant servers and hotel workers - were left with a frozen minimum wage of just $5.00 per hour.
Yesterday, over 70 people from around New York State gathered at the Capitol in the sub-zero cold to call on Governor Cuomo to address income inequality in his State of the State address. They braved the freezing temperatures because they had dreams and hopes for a better future. They spoke of a future where our children have a good education, where everyone has access to good jobs and living wages and where the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. See coverage from yesterday's event and take action below.