Minimum wage increase to phase in come New Year

The minimum wage increase for state workers will take effect New Year’s Eve, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, December 18.

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

The 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 Thursday, December 31. 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 or, $9.75 per hour for state employees in all other job locations.

By December 31, 2018, the $15 an hour minimum wage is expected to be implemented.

To date, no other state has enacted a $15 public sector minimum wage.

“I am proud to be fighting for fair pay in New York,” said Cuomo, “and we will not stop until all workers are paid the decent wages they deserve.”

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