NYC Ends Spat Over Wage Law Bloomberg Fought

NEW YORK (AP) -

City officials have ended a legal challenge to a “prevailing wage” law for some building-services workers, paving the way for its implementation.

A Manhattan judge signed off Friday on a move by both sides to end the mayor vs. City Council dispute, which arose when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would prevent companies from moving to the city. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office in January, had promised to implement the law.

The measure guarantees pay of $20 an hour for security guards, janitors, handymen and other workers at buildings with more than $1 million in city subsidies or lease significant space to the city.

Bloomberg sued the council after it overrode his veto. A judge struck it down last year, saying state minimum wage pre-empted the city measure. The council appealed, as did several unions.