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Syracuse Raises City Workers’ Minimum Wage to $15

October 28, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

photo credit (Michael Greenlar)

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner issued an executive order Oct. 21 raising the minimum wage for full-time city workers to $15 an hour. “I felt it was the right thing,” she said. “I think if somebody works full-time, they should not have to live in poverty.

The order will affect about 60 of the city's roughly 1,760 full-time employees, some of whom were making the state minimum of $8.75. Miner, who has supported a $15 minimum for fast-food workers, said she would not support a citywide $15 minimum, because she thought that would encourage businesses to move to the suburbs. Major city contractors already have to pay a $15 minimum for employees without benefits, under Syracuse’s 2006 “living wage” law. Read more

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