Governor Andrew Cuomo today lauded his administration’s increase of the minimum wage applicable to tipped workers to $7.50. Currently the minimum wage for tipped workers is $4.90, $5.00 or $5.65, varying by the industry. Effective as of December 31, 2015 there will be a uniform minimum applicable to all tipped workers.
Saying that businesses are “making record profits” and that “it is time that they share”, Cuomo also urged the state legislature to approve an increase in the statewide minimum wage to $10.50, with an additional $1.00 per hour in New York City. Lamenting that “the rich are getting richer and the middle class and the working families are being left further and further behind”, Cuomo cast the increases as the “right thing … the fair thing … the honest thing” to do.
Cuomo spoke at the Hotel Trades Council midtown Manhattan headquarters.