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  •  15 dollar minimum wage (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, ProudNewEnglander

    Was at a rally supporting that and striking fast food workers; I think it would be a good first step; certainly at least for New York City. Maybe 14 in the suburbs and smaller cities, 12.50 some other places, and 11 for a few counties really far out in the sticks.

    Although we also really need increased enforcement of labor laws (i.e. workers not being pressured to work off the clock). That's a HUGE issue, especially in the restaurant/food industry, and we need actual enforcement beyond "go to court after the fact, and maybe something will happen if you're lucky".

    "Pillows, but no sleep / Feathers, but no birds." | Pro-transit young black urban progressive | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | NJ-05 - ! | Yard signs don't vote.

    by gabjoh on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 08:18:54 PM PDT

    •  Hell yeah (3+ / 0-)
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      ProudNewEnglander, gabjoh, jncca

      I would like to see the minimum boosted to at least $12 over the course of a few years, then indexed to inflation thereafter so we don't have this bullshit where GOP congresses pretend nothing is happening as the minimum wage falls behind year after year.  $15 might be a bit high, unless it is broken up over like 7-10 years or so, but I would of course love to see that happen.

      •  Why doesn't NYC (0+ / 0-)

        Just pass their own Minimum wage?  A statewide minimum wage in NYS is just going to make everyone unhappy.  The idea that each county will have it's own minimum wage but set by state law seems counter-intuitive...unless the New York City Council is forbidden from doing so.  

        But since the NYC Council passed a law mandating sick days I find it difficult to believe that is the case.  I really don't get why NYC hasn't tackled this issue itself.  

        "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

        by rdw72777 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:39:08 AM PDT

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    •  With cost of living high, it's very reasonable (1+ / 0-)
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      gabjoh

      $15 an hour at 8/hrs, 20 days a month is $2,400 a month. When you factor that an apartment can cost half of that, there still has to be enough money left over for electricity, phone (can't work without a phone), food and possibly insurance. For a single person, that might barely cover it, but if you've got dependents, $2,400 is a big stretch.

      Now, it might be difficult to push it to $15 with the economy still recovering, but it could work well when we have a economic surge. It could possibly work now, but it would be shaky.

      27, Male, CA-26, DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

      by DrPhillips on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 11:47:45 AM PDT

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