A higher minimum wage for city-contracted workers
The current "living wage" for workers contracted to work
for the City of New York is $6.80 an hour. This is slightly higher than
the federal minimum wage, which is currently $5.15 an hour.
Letís be realistic: no one can live a decent life in
New York City on $6.80 an hour (to say nothing of $5.15). The City
should adopt a new Living Wage Law that guarantees workers $10 an hour,
plus medical insurance, with regular adjustments for increases in the
cost of living.
A little upward pressure on low wages, for a change,
could do a lot to make this city a more civilized and pleasant place