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Minimum Wage To Increase Saturday

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Minimum wage workers in New York get a raise as of Saturday, December 31.

In Central New York, the jump is to $9.70 an hour and it will go up $.70 every year until it reaches $12.50 an hour by 2021.

Lawmakers promise the minimum will reach $15 an hour after that.

If you do not receive a raise according to the state schedule, call 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).


The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget, as part of efforts to restore economic justice and fairness to working families in New York State.

The phase-in schedule for upstate New York is as follows:

The minimum wage will increase to $9.70 at the end of 2016, then another $.70 each year after until reaching $12.50 on 12/31/2020 – after which the minimum wage will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor.

It is estimated that more than 2 million people will be affected by the increases in the minimum wage, including an estimated 91,790 workers in central New York.

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