Not sure if this will help Mayor Michael Bloomberg among the living wage crowd, but sources familiar with his State of the City speech this afternoon say he will call for an increase in the state’s $7.25 minimum wage to match the $8.25 wage in Connecticut.
That is sure to please Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who called for a minimum wage increase in his remarks before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week — causing some controversy.
Bloomberg is a staunch opponent of living wage bills, often dismissing them as a Soviet-era relic. (Seriously.) But he has been open to national minimum wage increases in the past.
UPDATE: “We are very excited to have someone like the mayor support an increase in the minimum wage,” said Pat Purcell, assistant to the president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500. He wouldn’t venture whether that affects how labor views Bloomberg’s opposition to living-wage legislation: “We see them as two separate issues.”
(Please note: This post was reported independently of the embargoed copy of the mayor’s speech, which was sent out to media within the last hour, after we already started running down the tips. Complicated.)
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