NY Wage Board to Begin Consideration of Fast Food Wage Hike

A state wage board in New York is convening to examine whether fast food workers deserve a raise.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration created the board to study whether to increase the minimum wage for the fast food industry. A recommendation is expected this summer. The increase would require approval by Cuomo's labor commissioner but would not need legislative consent.

The board meets for the first time Wednesday in New York City. Future meetings are planned in June in Buffalo, New York, Long Island and Albany.

The review comes as cities and states around the country debate the minimum wage. On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan to raise the minimum wage in that city to $15 an hour.

New York's minimum wage is now $8.75 an hour. 

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