December 13, 2011
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (NYHTC), AFL-CIO, which represents 30,000 hotel workers, today urged the New York City Council to pass The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.
“The debate on this legislation has run its course, and the time has come to raise wages for jobs in taxpayer-subsidized projects,” said Peter Ward, President of NYHTC. “City government should recognize the value of investing scarce public dollars more wisely in order to strengthen our economy and lift more New Yorkers out of poverty. When government incentivizes a higher-wage economy, everyone benefits. The evidence and data are crystal clear on that point. The moment for action has arrived.”
In his testimony at the City Council hearing in November, Jeff Fleming, President and CEO The Amazing Hospitality Group said wage policies like the one New York City is considering will “ultimately help” the hotel industry.
“There are more and more developers that, like our company, recognize the benefits of developing with decent wages and will seek opportunities in the growing number of cities that expect that from their partners,” he said.