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Cuomo to Push for $15 for All Workers (Members Only)

Thursday, September 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Governor Cuomo alongside Vice President Joe Biden will announce that the Department of Labor has approved the $15 minimum wage for fast food workers that was recommended by the recent wage board.


But, that’s not all. Governor Cuomo is expected to announce that he will be making a legislative push for a $15 minimum wage for ALL occupations in New York.


Melissa Fleischut, president and chief executive of the New York State Restaurant Association, was quoted in the breaking news article in the Wall Street Journal noting that fast-food restaurants had resented being singled out in the wage-board decision.


“We think the governor should have attempted to raise the minimum wage through the legislative process,” she said. “But from what we’ve been hearing, $15 is too high.”


New York City Sodium Warning:

The New York City Department of Health and Mental health (DOHMH) met today and took up two critical measures to the restaurant industry.


First was a proposal that would have changed the menu labeling requirements for chain restaurants with 15 or more locations in the city. Thankfully, the DOHMH listened to the concerns of the Association after we testified at a public hearing and they will be pushing those regulations out for a year so the effective date coincides with the federal requirements.


Unfortunately, the DOHMH moved forward with a measure that will require chain restaurants to post a salt shaker warning symbol on menus and menu boards next to items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. The new rule will be effective December 1, 2015. The Association has been outspoken in our opposition to this measure both in our conversations with DOHMH and in the media against the measure saying that forcing restaurants to purchase new menus and menu boards in consecutive years is costly and unnecessary.


The Association was quoted defending the industry in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesUSA TodayNewsday, and Buzzfeed.


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