NY board upholds $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2015 2:24 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state oversight board has upheld New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration's decision to raise the minimum wage for many fast-food workers to $15 an hour over three years in New York City and six years elsewhere.

The New York Industrial Board of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the National Restaurant Association's arguments that that the wage order was contrary to the law and focused improperly on fast-food chains with more than 30 locations.

The association says it's "extremely disappointed" with the ruling and will go to court.

Many fast-food workers told a wage board that the current $8.75 wage forces them into poverty.

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The minimum wage will rise to $9 on Dec. 31 for most workers under New York law.

About 200,000 fast-food chain employees will see minimums rise then to $10.50 an hour in New York City and $9.75 elsewhere.