While it’s certainly a step that New York is raising the minimum wage for Upstate New York to $14.20/hour as of December 31st, we also KNOW that that is STILL not close enough to what the minimum wage SHOULD be. We want a minimum wage that is a LIVING WAGE!
As one of the leading Upstate New York partners in the Raise Up NY coalition, the Tompkins County Workers’ Center is supporting a campaign to raise the minimum wage to a Living Wage in New York State and INDEX the increased wage to inflation. We are thrilled to invite you to JOIN US for the opening salvo, upstate, of the campaign to increase the minimum wage to a Living Wage THROUGHOUT the state at a gathering on Thursday, October 13th, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Building, located at 701 W. MLK/State Street in downtown Ithaca, at the corner of S. Meadow, Route 13. If you are able to attend, please RSVP HERE: Upstate Speaks Out: No More Poverty Wages!
Featured speakers will include: Assemblyperson, Anna Kelles; NYS Senate Candidate, Lea Webb; TCWC Coordinator, Pete Meyers; workers from Tompkins County Workers’ Center; workers from 1199SEIU; Mark Spadafore, Upstate Political Director of 1199SEIU; Tompkins County elected officials and Ithaca City elected officials.
Upstate Speaks Out: No More Poverty Wages! is a community conversation and gathering for workers and allies who support raising the New York State minimum wage, including regular adjustments that keep up with the rising cost of living and ensure workers share in their labor productivity gains. At the gathering attendees will also have the opportunity to chat and meet with local elected officials who support raising the minimum wage.
Raise Up NY knows that wages are too low and workers deserve a stronger minimum wage so they are able to cover the basics we all need to survive and thrive, like rent and food, and also afford to rest and have time for themselves and their families.
Raise Up NY includes NY workers, like Lolli Edinger, personal-care worker who lives in Ulster County, calling on New York State lawmakers and Governor Kathy Hochul to pass a new, stronger minimum wage.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 10/13, at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Building, 701 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for Upstate Speak Out: End Poverty Wages! [Please RSVP by clicking the link.] Upstate Speaks Out: No More Poverty Wages! Details and Information
- WHO: Raise Up NY partners, workers, and allies who support raising New York State’s minimum wage.
- WHAT: A conversation and gathering for allies and workers to share their experiences and discuss their support for raising the New York State minimum wage and meet local elected officials.
- WHEN: 10/13/22 in-person at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- WHERE: On 10/13 the gathering will take place at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Building, 701 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
- WHY: The current minimum wage is not enough–wage stagnation, combined with the impact of the pandemic and rapidly rising costs, has significantly eroded the minimum wage’s value across New York state. Raising wages will uplift 2 million New York State workers and New York State’s economy.