ITHACA, N.Y. — New York state’s fast food workers are likely to get a raise to $15/hour, according to Syracuse.com’s Marnie Eisenstadt.

Eisenstadt reported on Monday:

Members of the state wage board said during their meeting this morning that they all agreed the wage should be raised to at least $15 an hour. …

All three members said at $15 an hour was the minimum amount for people to be self-sufficient if they are supporting a family. And most fast-food workers are, they said.

Courtesy of “Fast Food Forward,” a group calling for fast food companies to raise their pay of workers to $15/hour
Courtesy of “Fast Food Forward,” a group calling for fast food companies to raise their pay of workers to $15/hour

Advocates in Tompkins County have joined others around the state in supporting greater pay for workers in the fast food industry. WHCU radio, for instance, reported on a rally of the Workers’ Center of Tompkins County last year at a McDonald’s in Ithaca that demanded a living wage for all fast food workers.

The New York Restaurant Association has opposed the increase. In a Facebook post earlier this week, the organization said increasing the base pay for the fast food workers could hurt restaurant owners.

“Governor Cuomo’s misguided efforts to raise the minimum wage are an assault on an industry that is a driving force in New York’s economy, creating jobs in every community. New York’s 20,000 limited-service restaurants provide careers and opportunity to over 280,000 New Yorkers,” the association has said.

Read more about the discussion over the fast food wage increase here or here.