Effective December 31st, the state‘s base minimum wage was increased from $8.75 per hour to $9 as a result of legislation approved in 2013.  For fast-food workers, the minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour in New York City and $9.75 per hour elsewhere in the rest of the state.  And the base hourly rate for restaurant servers and other tipped workers will increase to $7.50.

The Governor has said that in 2016 he will push for a phased-in $15 statewide minimum wage increase, which would become effect in New York City in 2019 and the rest of the state in 2022.

Unshackle Upstate is committed to opposing this massive, unprecedented minimum wage increase, which we think will significantly harm the Upstate economy. We are a part of the Minimum Wage Reality Check Coalition with a number of other groups that share our concerns about the adverse impacts of this new state wage mandate. Please stop by the coalition’s web site and sign up for updates so you can find out how to be a part of this important effort in 2016.