If signed into law, the Raise the Wage Act would mean increased earnings for over 60% of workers living in poverty, nearly one-third of all Black workers, and nearly one-quarter of Latinx workers.
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.
Workers are losing billions of dollars every year because their state legislatures blocked minimum wage raises workers won at the local level.