POST Online Media Lite Edition


Wage increase for Empire State workers from December 31

Staff writer |
Governor Cuomo continues push to make New York the first state in the nation to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Article continues below

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that the minimum wage increase for State Workers will take effect beginning December 31, 2015.

The Division of the Budget has just released a Budget Bulletin to State agencies providing information to implement the increase directed by Governor Cuomo, and setting the same phased-in schedule as was recently approved for fast food workers by the Fast Food Wage Board.

“A full day’s work should result in an honest and livable wage,” said Governor Cuomo.

“By raising the minimum wage for state workers, we are leading by example and ensuring that thousands of workers are better able to provide for their families. I am proud to be fighting for fair pay in New York, and we will not stop until all workers are paid the decent wages they deserve.”

To date, no other state has enacted a $15 public sector minimum wage. This groundbreaking action comes as the Governor is pushing to make New York the first state in the nation to implement a $15 minimum wage across all industries, and follows the $15 minimum wage increase for fast food workers approved by the Governor’s administration earlier this year.

This increase will be implemented on the same phased-in schedule currently underway for fast food workers, with the initial increase occurring with the first pay period beginning on or after December 31, 2015. In that pay period, all State workers will receive an hourly wage that is no less than:

$10.50 per hour for State employees whose job location is within the five boroughs of New York City; or $9.75 per hour for State employees in all other job locations.

This initial increase will benefit nearly 2,000 employees. When fully phased-in on July 1, 2021, the $15 minimum wage will benefit approximately 10,000 Executive Branch State employees (including employees of the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the State Comptroller), as well as employees of the State Legislature and the State Judiciary.

The wage increase, when fully phased-in, has an annual projected cost of roughly $20.6 million, including the anticipated effect of fringe benefits. Immediate costs will be absorbed within agency budgets.

What to read next

Ontario increasing minimum wage. Again
UK Government accepts minimum wage rate recommendations
More than $5 million in prevailing wage underpayments recovered in New York