January 6, 2016 under Policy, Advocacy & Research

Mayor de Blasio Announces $15 Min Wage

Announcement includes a funded $15 per hour minimum wage increase for city-contracted social service workers.

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a funded $15 per hour minimum wage increase for city workers and city-contracted nonprofit workers. The move will raise the wages of some 50,000 workers in New York City. FPWA CEO Jennifer Jones Austin joined the Mayor, along with #15andFunding partners the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Human Services Council at DC 37 in lower Manhattan for the announcement.

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO/Executive Director at FPWA, James Parrott; Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), and Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council (HSC), who came together last month to release a report on the current state of the human services sector highlighting the pervasive low-wages that plague its workers, offered the following endorsement of the Mayor’s announcement:

“We commend Mayor de Blasio for funding a first-ever $15 per hour minimum wage for city-contracted nonprofit workers, and raising the wages of city employees. Increasing wages is one of the primary tools we have available to lift thousands of families out of poverty. This pay increase demonstrates the Mayor’s profound commitment and leadership to reducing income inequality and is essential to the human services workforce whom provide vital services and programs to New Yorkers from all walks of life. It will be better for all our communities and improve the quality human services.”

Read more in the Mayor’s historic announcement below.