YONKERS - Some Yonkers City Council members are pushing a new living wage bill.
Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick calls it the Fight for 15, which would require Yonkers businesses that receive tax breaks to compensate their workers approximately $15 an hour with health benefits
Council Democrats stood outside Costco today, which is considered a model corporate citizen. The company starts their employees at $11.50 an hour with benefits, but many others businesses in the area are paying as low as $7.50 an hour, with no benefits.
Yonkers City Council passed a similar bill in 2006, but it was vetoed by then Mayor Phil Amicone. The council members say they’re hoping for a much different outcome this time.
If passed, the living wage law in Yonkers would not apply to businesses that make less than $1 million a year in profits