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Supporters of Fast Food Workers Pay Hike to Rally in Binghamton

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(Binghamton) – Supporters of raising the wages for fast food workers in New York will rally outside a Binghamton McDonald's as a board appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo will meet in New York City.

Labor organizations say fast food workers can't afford basic necessities and must rely on public assistance to survive. They are calling on boosting the fast food wage to $15 an hour.

New York's restaurant association and business owners say $15 an hour rate would mean fewer jobs and higher prices for consumers.

They have formed their own coalition called Save NY Restaurants.
Opponents are also blasting the governor for sidestepping the legislature by creating the wage board, which consists of three members who have all been appointed by the governor.

The board is expected to hear from business owners, labor organizations and workers at today's meeting at New York University.

New York's minimum wage is $8.75 an hour and will go up to $9 an hour in January.