Jerry Kann

Green Party Candidate for
New York City Council

District 22 - Astoria, Queens


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 to live.


This site brought to you by the Kann For Council Campaign, 2001. Last updated July 12, 2001.