Virtual Press Conference: Gov's Minimum Wage Plan Falls Short and Leaves out 2M Workers

Raise Up NY coalition to release research from Columbia + Berkeley on positive economic effects of previous increases to the minimum wage

ALBANY, NY (02/01/2023) (readMedia)-- Workers, lawmakers, and advocates will hold a virtual press conference to explain how the Governor's minimum wage proposal, which would only index the wage floor without first raising it to at least $21.25, will leave 2 million workers out in the cold. The group will also release new research from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley analyzing the positive economic impact that raising the wage to $15 in 2018 had in New York.

The Raise Up NY coalition supports the Raise the Wage Act, sponsored by Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, which would increase the minimum wage to at least $21.25 by 2027 to keep up with the 40-year-high cost-of-living crisis, and then index the wage rate annually. The Act would benefit 2.9 million workers with an average annual increase of $3,300. In comparison, Governor Hochul's proposal would benefit only 900,000 workers, with an average annual increase of just $670. The difference is substantial: 2 million fewer workers would benefit from the Governor's proposal, and their annual additional pay would be $2,600 less than under the Raise the Wage Act.


Senator Jessica Ramos, Alease Annan, UPS worker, Paul K. Sonn, State Policy Program Director at National Employment Law Project, Professor Michael Reich of University of California-Berkeley, and Holly Sklar, CEO at Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.


 Workers, lawmakers, and advocates will hold a press conference to compare minimum wage proposals, and urge lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to at least $21.25 by 2027 before indexing.

WHEN: Thursday February 02, 2023 at 12:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Zoom link below
New York