Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Wednesday. The raises will cover 50,000 workers, and apply to every city employee and every employee of contracted social services agencies when the plan is fully implemented, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.
“It means 50,000 employees, but brothers and sisters we know that means thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of family members are uplifted at the same time,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio, a Democrat, has said he wants to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for everyone, but that the state must agree.
The mayor said the raise will come in steps — the plan will gradually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by the end of the year and $13.50 by the end of 2017. The minimum wage is expected to hit $15 an hour by the end of 2018.
The announcement comes days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was gradually increasing the minimum hourly wage to $15 for many state university workers.
Last year, Cuomo approved a wage hike for fast food workers, raising their pay to $15 an hour.
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