Dozens of clergy gathered at the Capitol for a ‘Moral Monday’ press conference and vigil, calling on the state legislature to pass an increase in the minimum wage to $15 statewide as part of the New York State budget, which is due April 1. They also delivered a petition to legislative leaders signed by 125 faith leaders from across New York.
November 10th was a powerful day of action, with striking workers leading the way to demand living wages and dignity at work. Strikes occurred in 270, with solidarity rallies in 500 cities globally. Here's a sampling of yesterday's media coverage from across New York, and photos from actions in Albany:
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.