NY Board Clears Way for $15 Fast-Food Worker Wage

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York’s Wage Board on Monday finalized its recommendation endorsing a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in chain restaurants with 30 or more locations.

The formal step by the three-member board is necessary before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner can approve the increase. The commissioner, who also could make modifications, will have 45 days to act once he receives it.

Franchise owners say the increase unfairly singles out their industry and will force them to raise menu prices, cut employee hours or even replace workers with automation.