“I have to figure out whether I want to pay my rent or pay my phone bill… I should be able to take care of my children,” said Erika Peterson, a Wendy’s worker from Rochester. Earning only $9.23/hour, she struggles to meet her basic needs. She visited the Capitol last week to demand a $15/hour minimum wage.
Too many New York families – more than 3 million workers – are making poverty wages because powerful corporations have systematically cut wages and benefits.
Governor Cuomo has proposed a minimum wage increase in his budget, but it’s not enough. If we want a strong economy and jobs that can keep families out of poverty, we need to reach a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Over the past 30 years, the economy has taken off. But it’s only a few at the very top who have increased their wealth. CEOs’ average compensation is $30 million per year.
Instead of sharing the wealth that’s generated by workers, CEOs pay off politicians with massive campaign contributions. They are effectively buying big tax breaks and special subsidies.
With all the wealth in the United States, and especially here in New York State, it’s unconscionable that full time workers are still living in poverty and relying on public assistance.
There’s only two weeks left until this year’s budget deadline. We need to demand that Gov. Cuomo make sure that New Yorkers can earn enough to meet their basic needs.
Citizen Action of New York