Several area labor organizations will demonstrate at 5 p.m. today outside the McDonald’s restaurant at 390 Niagara St. in Buffalo, to demand higher wages for fast-food workers.
The advocates from The Coalition for Economic Justice, Western New York Worker Center, Western New York Labor Federation, along with community and labor group members, will be joining the statewide push to increase in the state’s minimum wage.
The coalition wants the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the state’s minimum wage and pass Local Wage Authority to allow municipalities to set their own minimum wage.
New York’s minimum wage rose 75 cents, to $8 an hour, at the beginning of this year. That is 75 cents above the federal minimum and the old state rate. It’s the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Cuomo last year. The minimum will increase at the end of 2014 to $8.75 an hour and to $9 an hour a year after that.