November 22, 2011
* New York needs to be more like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia when it comes to a living wage mandate, proponents of the bill will testify at a City Council hearing today. Representatives from those cities will tell Council members that a higher minimum wage at subsidized projects in their towns has not led to the massive layoffs and stalled developments that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and other opponents predict. “The real question facing the City Council is why New York can’t do what other cities are doing increasingly across the U.S.,” said Paul Sonn, legal co-director of the National Employment Law Project and author of a report studying the effects of the living wage bill. “The bill before the Council is the most far-reaching in the nation and doesn’t compare to the other bills RWDSU touts,” a city official replied, referring to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that has led the charge for the bill.