Labor News – Successes anticipated in minimum wage struggle

Organizers for a minimum wage increase are expecting success at the state and local level due to the fact that most people understand the plight low-wage income Americans. It’s common sense, according to a summary in the National Catholic Reporter (Jan. 6, 2015).

“Everybody wants a good job. Everybody wants to be able to work a full day and come home and spend time with their family, or have a life outside of work,” said Sara Niccoli, executive director of Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State. The coalition’s Faith for a Fair New York project mobilizes faith leaders to work for economic justice.

“These are very common goals that we all share, and when we talk about them, all of a sudden, whether you’re Republican or Democrat, city or country, we all basically agree.”

Of course there are divides and in New York State, the urban-rural divide is real. “If it were just upstate,” Niccoli said, “we’d be a red state.” She went on to say, “When we last passed a wage increase [in 2013], over 80 percent of New Yorkers supported it. Republicans, Democrats, men, women, across the age spectrum. And 80 percent of New Yorkers don’t agree on anything!”

For the entire NCR article, click here.