Schumer and Gillibrand Pushing Federal Minimum Wage Increase
U-S Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing for an increase to the federal minimum wage, after a similar proposal stalled in Albany.
The Democrats support an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.80 an hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.
The National Employment Law Project praises the proposal saying it would trigger a rise in the minimum wage for 1 million New Yorkers. The efforts come as the number of Americans in poverty continues to climb, due in part to stagnant wages.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proposed increasing the state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, up from the current $7.25.
That plan stalled in the State Senate after the Republican majority failed to consider the legislation.
The wage increase may be considered in a special session following the fall elections.