Community Coalition Calls on NYS Legislature to Pass Minimum Wage by April 1

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Groups to Release Report Showing Positive Impact on Upstate NY Economy

Utica, NY – A coalition of community, labor, and public interest groups, along with concerned Central New Yorkers and local workers, will be releasing a report at a news conference showing the positive impact of passing Governor Cuomo’s proposal for a $15 statewide minimum wage will have on Central New York families and the local economies. Leaders will ask Senator Griffo and local legislators to support Governor Cuomo’s proposal to gradually phase in the $15 minimum wage by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state.

The news conference, which will start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25, will be held at the offices of the Central New York Labor Council, 287 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501.

WHO:   Event sponsored by the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.,  Central New York Labor Council, Utica Activist Coalition, Mohawk Valley Freedom School, IWW, Love and Rage Media Collective, Herkimer-Oneida County Green Party, Citizen Action of New York, Working Families Party, and other local, state, and national groups.

WHAT: Groups will ask the State Senate and Assembly to back the Governor Cuomo’s proposal for a phased-in increase in the minimum wage.  They will also release a report detailing its positive impact of the on Central New York jobs, farms, businesses, and economy.

WHERE: Central New York Labor Council, 287 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 (Corner of Genesee Street and Dakin Street, Downtown Utica, near Utica Public Library); parking in the rear of the building off Dakin Street, please use rear entrance

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 25

VISUALS:  signs, banners, interviews with low wage workers and community leaders

For more information, contact John Furman: 315-725-0947
Interviews available with speakers

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