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Our New Year's Resolution: Living Wage Jobs Now!

January 3, 2012

This year we plan to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act! The time has come for New York City to raise wage standards, especially for the lowest-wage jobs in taxpayer-subsidized development projects. On January 1, eight states throughout the U.S. increased their minimum wage, improving the quality of life for tens of thousands of working families. San Francisco increased its minimum wage to $10 per hour—the highest in the country—and according to researchers it will improve the local economy won't cause “the sky to fall.”

Against this backdrop, support for the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is growing and later this month we will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his life fighting for living wage jobs for sanitation workers in Memphis.

Read more from El Diario and Albor Ruiz of the New York Daily News, who already made the living wage their 2012 resolution.