NEW YORK - A coalition of City Council members plans to introduce a bill this week that would guarantee workers in public development projects at least $10 an hour citywide. With endorsement from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council members Oliver Koppell and Annabel Palma are set to introduce the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act on Tuesday. A developer who receives at least $100,000 in subsidiaries from the city would have to pay workers at least $10 an hour with benefits or $11.50 without benefits.
The bill's introduction will be accompanied by a citywide push to increase the minimum wage, which is supported by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, the Fiscal Policy Institute, Make the Road New York, and other advocacy and community groups. The state's current minimum wage is $7.25.