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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  • Ming Xoiu
    commented 2018-10-25 22:52:36 -0400
    Great point about not being able to wait. People need help and they need it now. You have my support and the support of my co-workers at It’s time to make a change!
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  • Greg Hurst
    commented 2018-06-20 21:19:39 -0400
    I can see both sides of the issue. As a business owner (, it is often difficult to pay $15/hour. As someone who has been working since he was 15, minimum wage definitely needs to be raised, especially if the cost of living continues to rise.
  • Tadeo Williams
    commented 2018-06-12 23:59:30 -0400
    I see that there are some of here disagreeing with each other. Well, I know that some of us here doesn’t understand what people are experiencing cause not all of us are born with money in the bed situation. I really do believe they have a legit reason for having this movement and I am supporting this one!
  • Brad Treadway
    commented 2018-06-10 22:46:39 -0400
    Congrats! Keep it up.

  • Wanda Bowers
    commented 2018-06-05 19:59:50 -0400
    Well, Congrats on your victory on raising minimum wages. The small businesses may not implement it for the moment but eventually it will. There are advantages to it and also there are disadvantages because you can’t just shift the balance in a short period of time.
  • Will Lakefield
    commented 2018-05-21 15:55:00 -0400
    My legal practice relies upon people who make at least 15 dollars an hour in order to get good legal advice. Slavery supposedly ended over a 100 years ago. It’s incredulous that corporations still take advantage of folks financial situation and then actually make it worse.
  • Rick Rivera
    commented 2018-05-18 15:32:30 -0400
    What the people who propose the $15 hour minimum don’t realize is that small businesses will just lay off workers, automate more, or just shutdown. This is economic reality. If you do not like how much you make, learn a skill that will pay you more.
    Rick – Owner –
  • Anonymous
    commented 2018-03-10 19:59:28 -0500
    It’s getting harder and harder though, to fight the taxes in the small business game. And then Amazon goes and gets away with paying NO federal taxes and treating their employees like walmart does.. disgusting.
  • rj tillerson
    commented 2018-02-13 17:32:53 -0500
    At my three moving businesses, as a small business owner, I can’t afford $15/hour. Heck, I can’t afford $12 for my most basic laborer. The job market should not be regulated above a base minimum wage – otherwise there will be even less jobs.
  • Charles Durning
    commented 2018-02-12 15:25:41 -0500
    I totally disagree with RJ below. He obviously has never had to come up from the bottom, working “minimum wage” jobs to supporting himself and family. Perhaps they aren’t meant to support some for a lifetime, they should provide a conduit of survival until you can gain a higher paying job.
  • rj tillerson
    commented 2018-02-08 20:01:29 -0500
    The minimum wage, and more importantly minimum wage jobs, were never intended to be living wage occupations. They are minimum wage jobs for a reason: low skills and low demand. The solution to all of his isn’t to raise MW but ti improve your education, skills, and perhaps work ethic.
  • Patty Mattos
    commented 2018-01-26 09:29:32 -0500
    I support this move because I think everyone needs a bigger condition
  • Anonymous
    commented 2018-01-18 20:17:19 -0500
    I am totally am supporting this movement. I rely on fast food to get by in my business. It’s not my first choice but I eat regularly enough to get to know some of the people in those places. Good honest hardworking or just in high school or college. The Fat Cats can share a piece of the pie. Mike –
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  • Charles Perry
    commented 2017-12-20 18:41:17 -0500
    I do agree businesses need to raise the wage. There are so many greedy business owners out there who are just in it for the bottom line.
    -Charles @
  • Anonymous
    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
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    commented 2017-03-17 12:30:13 -0400
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