Raise the Minimum Wage in New York State, Press Conference

What: Prayer vigil and press conference calling for a raise in the minimum wage
Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street), Manhattan

What can you do?

At $7.25 per hour, New York’s minimum wage remains decades out of date.

With growing numbers of New Yorkers relying on low-wage jobs to survive––too many workers in New York City do not earn enough to afford basic expenses, forcing many New Yorker’s with full-time jobs to rely on the city’s soup kitchens and shelters for meals each day.  Many were hit hard by Sandy.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we are reminded that charity is not enough.  As we give food to the hungry, we must also ask why people go hungry.

The New York State Assembly has already approved a proposal that would raise New York’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour and index it to keep pace with inflation.  More than one million workers would see their wages rise as a result. The leadership of the New York State Senate has balked at approving a modest $1.25 per hour increase in the state minimum wage.

Now, Albany lawmakers are reported to be considering a salary bump to make themselves the highest paid legislators in the country––such a raise would amount to more than the annual salary of a full-time minimum-wage earner.

Please join faith leaders, low-wage workers, and community members to urge the New York state legislature to serve “the least among us,” not just themselves.

Eighty percent of New York voters support raising the minimum wage. Let’s show our solidarity with New York’s lowest income earners.

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