October 3, 2014
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to expand the City’s Living Wage Law by executive order. Under the changes, businesses that receive more than $1 million in City subsidies will be required to pay employees at least $13.13 per hour. In addition, more workers will be covered than before, including retail tenants at City-subsidized malls.
“Mayor de Blasio’s action makes a good law into a great law. It is common sense that when a business gets subsidies from the City, then the people of the city should benefit. Now, when a McDonalds or Target sets up shop in a development subsidized by the City of New York, they will have to pay a living wage to the people who work there, said Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda ”
“The Great Recession hit working people the hardest. Many families still have not recovered. This announcement, along with other progressive reforms this year, are making New York a more livable city for working people. We need to go further, to create more good jobs and protect the one’s we have, to fulfill the promise of opportunity that for so long has gone unkept,” continued Miranda.