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Gov. Cuomo Says New Minimum Wage Begins Dec. 31 For State Workers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that all state workers would receive a wage increase by Dec. 31.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that all state workers would receive a wage increase by Dec. 31. Photo Credit: Contributed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the minimum wage increase for state workers will take effect beginning Thursday, Dec. 31.

“A full day’s work should result in an honest and livable wage,” said Cuomo. “By raising the minimum wage for state workers, we are leading by example and ensuring that thousands of workers are better able to provide for their families. I am proud to be fighting for fair pay in New York, and we will not stop until all workers are paid the decent wages they deserve.”

To date, no other state has enacted a $15 public-sector minimum wage. This action comes as Cuomo is pushing to make New York the first state in the nation to implement a $15 minimum wage across all industries, and follows the $15 minimum wage increase for fast-food workers.

The increase will be implemented on the same phased-in schedule currently underway for fast-food workers, with the initial increase occurring with the first pay period beginning on or after Dec. 3,; in that pay period, all state workers will receive an hourly wage that is no less than:

  • $10.50 per hour for state employees whose job location is within the five boroughs of New York City.
  • $9.75 per hour forsState employees in all other job locations.

This initial increase will benefit nearly 2,000 employees. When fully phased-in by July 1, 2021, the $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 10,000 executive branch state employees (including employees of the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the State Comptroller), as well as employees of the state Legislature and the state judiciary.

In total, more than 2.3 million New Yorkers (roughly 1,435,500 workers living outside New York City and 927,400 living within New York City) will directly benefit from the governor’s proposal to increase the minimum wage for workers in all industries to $15 per hour.

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