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.