BROOKLYN - New York State is set to raise its minimum wage throughout 2014.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved three incremental bumps to the minimum wage. The first is set to take effect on Dec. 31, raising the minimum wage to $8 an hour, 75 cents higher than the current rate. At the end of 2014, the minimum wage will increase again to $8.75 an hour and will be raised to $9 in 2015.
For months, News 12 has been reporting on fast-food workers unhappy with their current wages, even holding several protests and walkouts in cities around the country, including New York. Many workers are asking to be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, more than double the minimum wage.
The current median pay for fast-food workers across the country is just over $9 an hour, yielding around $18,500 per year, nearly $5,000 below the poverty line.