Fast Food Chains In New York Will Now Have To Pay Their Workers $15

The Jistt:

  • New York fast food workers earning minimum wage are expected to get a huge bonus in their hourly pay next year–from $8.75 to $15 an hour.
  • This change will only affect fast food workers and will be implemented slowly, starting the first day of 2016. It’s expected to reach $15 by 2018 in New York City and 2021 for the rest of New York state.
  • As for the national minimum wage? Still stuck at $7.25 an hour (womp), but major cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco is saying “f you” to that and have already raised it to $15 an hour (slow clap slow clap).


The Fast Food Wage Board, organized by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, has recommended that the minimum wage for fast food workers be raised to $15 an hour within the next few years, according to Fortune. Fast food restaurants with 30 or more chains will be able to implement this wage increase. Workers have been protesting for three years for this.

The new minimum wage raise to $15 an hour will be a 70 percent increase from the current amount of $8.75. The new requirement is unique from minimum wage demands in other cities and states because it solely focuses on fast food workers, not the general New York population. The first raise for workers is scheduled to start on New Years Eve this year.

New York City fast food workers earning minimum wage will have their salary raised first to $10.50 an hour while the rest of the workers in New York state will have theirs raised to $9.75. After that, $1.50 increases will happen annually until the minimum wage will hit $15.00 , which is expected to happen in 2018. New York state is also expected to hit the $15 minimum wage by 2021.

If a fast food worker clocks in 40 hours a week, at $15 an hour, they would receive $600 a week without taxes taken out, as opposed to $350 a week with the current minimum wage. In New York City alone, there are around 180,000 fast food workers.

What other U.S. cities have raised its minimum wage?

The national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco have already raised it to $15 an hour. Washington, D.C. will also be voting on raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Governors in the states below have the authority to raise wages on their own, without state action, according to CNBC:

  • New York: $8.75
  • California : $9.00
  • Massachusetts: $9.00
  • New Jersey: $8.38
  • Wisconsin : $7.25


Do you think this is fair to only raise minimum wage for fast food workers, considering the low wages that a majority of post grads make in New York City?

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