Financial reports and data attesting to the nation’s job growth were criticized heavily because of stagnant wages. In fact, way back when, economists had all-but reached a consensus that increasing the minimum wage would have been a bad idea. But the current economic agenda is all for increasing minimum wage. As such, several US cities and states are doing just that: increasing minimum wage, and it seems that Ney York state has jumped the bandwagon: UC has announced a $15 minimum wage.
This decision is the consequence of the momentum that the movement has been gathering. The new York labour board has been endorsing the idea of a $15 minimum hourly wage for the massive, 3,200-worker University of California system as well as the state’s 150,000 fast food workers.
But according to Dianne Klein, University of California spokeswoman, even the workers hired via university contractors will receive the same benefits.
The university’s decision may have stemmed from the mounting criticism it has been receiving in regards to its unfair hiring practices. According to State Senate Bill 376, the university is mandated to certify that its workers, even when hired via contractors, are correctly compensated and receive benefit similar to those received by normal University of California employees.
This recent policy will cover all employees hired on a minimum of 20 hours per week and will also extend to those workers hired via UC contractors.
A similar decision by the LA County Board of Supervisors has set a 2020 milestone so that the minimum hourly wage can increase to $15 in unincorporated areas, and it seems that NY State is following in the board’s footsteps.
Starting with the 31st of December 2014, NY State has set an hourly minimum wage of $8.75, though certain workers may earn a bit more than that. But the real issue is how such a massive increase would affect workers and students.
“Singling out fast-food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory,” Jack Bert, McDonald’s restaurant owner said.
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