Choosing Sides: Wages in Trouble in NYC
According to the NY Daily News, Mayor De Blasio was offered the ability to raise the minimum wage for all workers in NYC, but turned it down. As part of a deal offfered to him by the Senate Republicans, the wage would be increased to $11.50/hour in exchange for his support in fixing the Police and Fire pension crisis. The rejection of the deal comes across as strange since having a locally higher minimum wage in NYC has been a key legislative item for the mayor. De Blasio has also been vehemently opposed to fixing the second class status that new firefighters and police officers face if they become disabled. The bill to fix the pension plan can not be passed through the legislature without a home rule message from NYC. “I’m shocked that after months of pushing for a minimum-wage increase that he ... was willing to reject a very fair piece of legislation,” said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.
The De Blasio admistration claims that the reason they rejected the deal was because they believe that the minimum wage should be $15/hour and accepting less would undermine their campaign, but in the meantime thousands of workers in NYC will lose out on hundreds of dollars a week.