NYC Council Passes Building Workers Wage Bill

The bill could initially apply to fewer than 200 people.

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    It would guarantee that cleaners, porters and other building workers at some developments that benefit from city funds would be paid the prevailing wage established for their job classification by the city comptroller.

    The New York City Council has passed a bill that would guarantee that some workers at buildings that receive city subsidies of more than $1 million get paid more than $20 an hour.

    The measure was approved Wednesday. It would guarantee that cleaners, porters and other building workers at some developments that benefit from city funds would be paid the prevailing wage established for their job classification by the city comptroller. 
    The bill could initially apply to fewer than 200 people.
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has promised to veto the measure, calling it "terrible legislation." But City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Wednesday the bill has enough support to override a veto.
    Quinn says the bill will ensure that city money isn't helping to drag down wages.