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Yonkers City Council members push for 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

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
 

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