New York labor officials are proposing a $1 increase in the minimum wage for counties north of Westchester. If given final approval, the wage would reach $14.20 by the end of the year.
Activists are pushing to end policies that allow employers to pay some workers less than the $7.25 federal minimum wage.
The “Fight for $15," movement, which will mark its 10-year anniversary in November 2022, “has influenced policy debates and the public conversation about fair pay and workplace rights,” but there is more to be done, said the report.
This is a very big deal, says NELP's Paul Sonn.
Preemption has limited what localities can do to raise wages, says Tsedeye Gebreselassie.
"It shows the power of the movement towards $15 wages," said NELP's Paul Sonn.
Despite recent job gains, the national labor force participation rate in August remained stuck near historic lows at 62.6%.