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Letter: Wage board was better option

Labor leaders, workers and activists attend a rally

Labor leaders, workers and activists attend a rally for a $15 minimum hourly wage on July 22, 2015 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

In the letter "A $15 solution to stagnant wages" [Aug. 20], some pertinent points were omitted.

I agree with the writer that an increase in the statewide minimum wage for all workers would be preferable. Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers have blocked legislation that would include wage increases statewide.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was acting within his legal power to instruct the state's labor commissioner to establish a wage board, which can recommend wages and implement them without the approval of the State Legislature. Wage boards can make determinations on one industry at a time. This time it was the fast-food workers.

There are many other low-wage earners who need these increases as well. The increases should be indexed for inflation and for the higher cost of living in different parts of New York.

Eileen Clarke, Great Neck

Editor's note: The writer is a volunteer with the Long Island Progressive Coalition.


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