Tomorrow, western New Yorkers will take a bus from Buffalo to Albany to call on the state's leaders to raise the minimum wage.
At $7.25 per hour, New York's minimum wage remains decades out of date. A full-time minimum wage worker earns just $15,080 per year in New York—far less than what is needed to afford the state's high cost of living.
The Western New York Area Labor Federation is organizing the bus trip. Union members and community allies are asking the New York State Senate and Assembly to pass legislation to raise the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour and indexing it to rise automatically with the cost of living.
The labor federation's buses will leave Buffalo at 6 a.m. to join faith leaders, low-wage workers and community members in Albany at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
If you're interested in attending or getting more information, contact the federation by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone: 716-892-5877.