Posts Tagged ‘living wage’

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

Winners and Losers, July 5, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Features, Winners & Losers

  As we celebrate our 237th birthday as a nation, Lady Liberty has re-opened to the public—a win for all New Yorkers and Americans. And we figured, what’s more patriotic than talking politics and judging the candidates and elected officials? So without further ado, here is your Independence Day list of Winners and Losers.   Stuart Appelbaum - Despite the best efforts of the Bloomberg administration, a federal judge threw out the city’s lawsuit attempting to block the living wage bill, preserving one of… [More]

Quinn Promises No Airport Exemption For Paying Prevailing Wage

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

While accepting the endorsement of SEIU32BJ in her campaign for mayor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn promised to not allow New York City airports to be exempt from paying the prevailing wage–assuming the wage requirement makes it past a legal challenge. “We’re going to get the prevailing wage law passed out of court and get it implemented so workers get the pay they deserve,” Quinn said. “I look forward to standing together to making sure airports get over this idea… [More]

UNITED NY Report Highlights NYC’s Biggest Low-Wage Employers

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Blog

The battle over raising the state’s minimum wage is not over yet, as United NY and Alliance for a Greater New York released a new report on five employers of low-wage workers the authors call the “worst” in New York City. The five are listed as Lage Mgmt. Corporation, Air Serv, Toys “R” Us, Golden Farm, and Con Edison. The report, shown below, recommends,  ”raising the minimum wage, requiring those employers that receive taxpayer subsidies to pay a living wage and… [More]

Expert Roundtable: Wages

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Other Features

New York lawmakers weigh in on city and state wage issues SHELDON SILVER Assembly Speaker Q: What will passing the minimum-wage bill do to the state’s economy? Can we expect job growth out of it, or is it more of a quality-of-life issue? SS: Increasing the minimum wage is vital to stimulating our local economies. By increasing the minimum wage by $1.25 to $8.50 an hour, minimum-wage workers will earn an extra $2,275 a year. Studies show this extra income… [More]

What Are You Worth?

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

I have always bristled at the word values. Though the term is so widespread now it is difficult to think of a time when it wasn’t in use, the etymology of the word in the sense of meaning principles or standards dates back only to the 1920s. The ubiquity of the term in politics is even more recent, and can be connected most notably to a 1992 speech by then Vice President Dan Quayle in which he scolded the fictional… [More]

Living Wage As Litmus Test?

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Labor/Unions, News, Other News

How much of a difference will candidates’ positions on living wage make in the 2013 mayoral race? In a crowded field of Democratic candidates, the issue of living wage may play an outsize role in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. All of the major mayoral candidates—City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson—have tacitly indicated their support for the wage compromise… [More]

How to Calculate A Living Wage

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Other Features

When cities pass living-wage laws, they require employers who do business with the local government to pay workers higher wages to help them pay their bills, get the rent in on time and put enough food on the table. But arriving at a wage that’s enough for a worker to get by isn’t so simple—especially when the issue is tied up in political debates about the impact on businesses and job creation. One of the least controversial parts of the… [More]