2004-03-19 / Community

Titus Fights For higher Wages For Residents

Titus Fights For higher Wages For Residents

Assemblywoman Michele Titus an nounced that a measure she sponsored that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $7.10 an hour was passed by the Assembly.

"People should make decent, livable wages and shouldn’t have to worry about putting food on the table after working hard for 40 hours each week," Titus said. "This legislation reflects my strong belief that hard-working New Yorkers should be fairly rewarded for their labor."

The legislation would increase the state minimum wage to $6.00 per hour on October 1, 2004; $6.75 an hour on July 1, 2005; and $7.10 on January 1, 2006. Currently, food service workers receiving tips have a minimum wage of $3.30 per hour. That would rise to $3.90 an hour on October 1, 2004; $4.40 per hour on July 1, 2005; and $4.65 an hour on January 11, 2006.

A full time minimum wage worker earns only $10,712 - $4,112 less than the official poverty level for a family of three. Four neighboring states currently have minimum wage levels above the current $5.15 level, including: Vermont ($6.75), Massachusetts ($6.75), Connecticut ($7.10), and Rhode Island ($6.75).

Other provisions of the bill allow an employee advocate to bring a wage and hour complaint, and establish the state labor commissioner’s access to wage and hour records in investigating alleged violations.

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