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Living Wage Coalition to Unveil its Study of Council Bill
New York Post
Sally Goldenberg

October 26, 2010
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On the heels of the bruising defeat of a bill to require paid sick days in the city this month, a coalition backing a “living wage” measure for projects getting city subsidies is set to release a report tomorrow attacking the city’s ongoing study on the issue.

The Living Wage NYC coalition will unveil an 8-page condemnation of the city Economic Development Corp.’s study of the Council bill, which would require developers getting subsidies from the city of $100,000 or more to pay $10 an hour plus benefits, or $11.50.

Mayor Bloomberg steadfastly opposes to the bill, which has 28 Council sponsors. Council Speaker Christine Quinn has yet to take a position on an issue that pits her between the business community, which is against the bill, and unions who support it.

The pro-living wage report, written by the National Employment Law Project and the Fiscal Policy Institute, points to successful living wage policies in place in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, according to a copy obtained by The Post.

It also blasts EDC for choosing what the coalition considers a biased consulting firm - Charles River Associates of Boston - to conduct its study, which is expected to be released in March. The report says the economists at that firm have long expressed opposition to the concept of a mandated minimum or living wage.