Health Workers Board Buses to Albany to Demand Higher Minimum Wage

Thousands of home care and health care workers  took buses from New York City to Albany on Tuesday to demand a higher minimum wage.

People were arriving on 43rd Street in midtown before sunrise Tuesday and boarding buses. 

More than 100 buses will depart from New York City, Long Island and Westchester for the ride up to Albany, where members of the 1199 SEIU healthcare workers union will make their push.

About 200,000 workers are in the healthcare union. 

Workers say they can’t feed their families on the $10 per hour that many of them make and that they are forced to rely on public assistance, including food stamps, to get by.

They said they want the state to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of the month.

They’re likely to find support from Gov. Cuomo., who has pushed to increase minimum wage as part of his "Fight for Fairness campaign." He's also advocated for 12 weeks of paid family leave.

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