Battle over wages on Long Island
Long Island AFL-CIO tells Long Island Business group their wrong on job loss scare tactic
LI Fed to LIA: Significant studies show clear economic benefit to raising the minimum wage
John R. Durso, President of The Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said today that the labor organization representing 250,000 working men and women and their families along with the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers fully supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Labor Federation strongly disagrees with the findings released by the Long Island Association suggesting it will cost jobs on Long Island. Numerous studies disprove the contention by business leaders that raising the minimum wage costs jobs. “It’s time to stop subsidizing low wage employers” Durso said.
“It’s time that tax payers and the hard working families were no longer forced to foot the bill for employers paying poverty wages. The amount gained in payroll and income taxes and saved by providing less public assistance would produce savings for our state and municipal budgets.”
The United States of America is a consumer driven economy, where over 70% of our spending is consumer based. Studies by the Fiscal Policy Institute, the National Employment Law Project the Economic Policy Institute and countless other organizations have underscored the economic benefits of raising the minimum wage.
Business organizations in New York have made the same tired arguments opposing increases in the minimum wage for over 100 years. Contrary to their predictions about job losses 600 economists, including 7 Nobel Prize winners, stated in a letter to the President of the United States that “increases in the minimum wage had had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum wage workers.” Furthermore, “academic research has shown that higher wages sharply reduces employee turnover which can reduce employment and training costs.”