Statement in Reaction to Minimum Wage

We were told only months ago that raising the minimum wage to $15 was necessary to restoring opportunity and basic dignity to workers and their families across New York State. Political decision-makers in our state just told us that that’s only true if you live south of Westchester County.

If you live in cities like Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse – some of the poorest cities in the nation – the recent minimum wage decision in New York State condemns you to continual poverty in the future. To raise Upstate wages to $12.50 by 2021 is too little, too late.

Working people in our city are forced to choose between rent and groceries this month. That rent will not wait until 2021. They cannot turn off their electricity and wait until 2021 or even 2025 when they finally get $15.

We do not intend to wait. The fast-food worker movement taught us that when working people take bold, public action we can change the narrative of the entire country. Working people from retail, agriculture, fast-food, home-health, and more will continue to demand $15 now.

We congratulate our brothers and sisters in New York City that have won significant wage increase at a fast pace. The Fight for 15 has won major victories and raises for millions of workers across this country. This will only inspire us to continued action. The fight is not over.

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  • commented 2017-12-09 06:20:39 -0500
    It is the right of the workers and responsibility of the employers to provide appropriate amount of wages to the workers. The statement of the workers and employers to the minimum wage is discussed by the in a very critical manner.
  • commented 2017-10-18 11:58:11 -0400
    As an employer in the Seattle area, with my company Redmond Home Theater ( ) it’s great to read how other areas of the country and states are approaching this issue. I believe it is a basic human right to be able to find a job, but a job that has a decent wage. Low paying wage jobs do not contribute to society, they only take away and fill fat cat’s pockets. `Will
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  • commented 2017-05-17 18:51:46 -0400
    The One Take Film Festival, in conjunction with the monthly Black Cinema Series sponsored by the Rochester Association of Black Journalists and the Little Theatre, will screen “Whose Streets?” at 9 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. in Rochester’s East End Entertainment District. Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. Co-director Sabaah Folayan, an activist and storyteller raised in South Central LA, will be present for a post-screening audience talk-back led by the Rochester Association of Black Journalists.
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  • commented 2017-03-17 12:30:13 -0400
    Excellent post.I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post
  • commented 2016-12-06 04:49:47 -0500
    My name is Sarah and I am from New York City and a writer of and I completely agree with you and I personally working citizens in our country are forced to decide between groceries and rent this month.
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