ALBANY, N.Y. — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced the introduction of legislation to take measures on implementing an $9 per hour minimum wage increase.
The increase would take effect on December 31, 2014, a full year ahead of schedule, if passed.
"Introducing this legislation to accelerate the three-stage minimum wage increase underscores the fact that right now, there are thousands of hardworking men and women that are still forced to choose between putting food on the table for their families and paying their bills each month. These are the people – the families with children to feed, houses to maintain and doctor's expenses to pay for – that simply cannot wait two more years for a decent raise," Assembly Speaker Silver said.
This legislation would also increase pay for food service workers from $5.50 to $6.20, also starting December 31, 2014.