Cuomo: NY OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has approved plans to raise the minimum wage of fast-food employees to $15 — a figure that the Democratic governor says should be the minimum wage for all workers.

Cuomo made the comments at a rally with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, the same day Cuomo’s labor commissioner approved the fast-food wage hike. The increase was recommended by a state Wage Board and does not need legislative approval.

It will be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere in the state. It will apply to some 200,000 workers at large chain restaurants.

Fast-food workers say the current $8.75 wage forces many into poverty.

A group of restaurant owners is considering a legal challenge to the increase. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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