Cuomo Wants Raise for Fast Food Workers; Give Caregivers a Raise too

Governor Cuomo is seeking an end run around the Legislature since they haven’t approved a hike in the minimum wage.  He is convening a wage board  to review whether fast food workers are getting a fair wage.

There also needs to be a whole look at the wage scales for those who are providing care for seniors, disabled and children.  Many are not making a livable wage and most are below $15/hour which is the minimum wage being sought by labor advocates.  Just like those in the fast food industry and other low paying private sector employees who must rely on public assistance of some sort the same can be said of those who are taking care of our most vulnerable family members.

Here is a report on wages in the home care sector

http://www.nelp.org/content/uploads/2015/03/Giving-Caregivers-A-Raise.pdf

Skelos Likely to be Replaced Next Week

More Republican senators are refusing to support Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos as he tries to stay in power.  In fact, the consensus among many in the media is that Skelos will follow the fate of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after lawmakers return to Albany from a weekend at home listening to constituents.  There will also be more motions by the Democrats to have a leadership vote and even Republican freshman Robert Ortt says he will introduce a motion as well.  One report says that Senate Finance Chair John DeFrancisco of Syracuse is making calls to line up support to be elected Majority Leader.  Senator John Flanagan and Senator Catherine Young have also been mentioned.  The Long Island delegation will want Flanagan to replace Skelos but there are more members upstate and DeFrancisco may be the frontrunner.