minimum wage

6:25 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Issues await legislators following passage of state budget

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

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Pastors follow lead of many businesses
10:47 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Governor gets faith-based support for minimum wage hike

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Earlier this month 85 business leaders from across New York State put their collective support behind Governor Cuomo's effort to raise the minimum wage.

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1:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cuomo proposes minimum wage hike at Buffalo appearance

Governor Cuomo launches his fight for a higher minimum wage while appearing at the Boys and Girls and Club on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo Tuesday.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Tuesday to push for increasing New York's minimum wage. 

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8:40 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Governor proposes minimum wage hike

Minimum wage fight outside the McDonald's on Niagara Street in Buffalo last summer.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 by the end of next year.

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WNYers respond to minimum wage increase
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Western New Yorkers respond to minimum wage increase

Recent minimum wage fight in Buffalo.
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More than one million workers across New York will be getting raises this New Year’s Eve, as the state minimum wage is set to increase from $8 an hour to $8.75. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with some Western New York residents to get their take on the hike.

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8:16 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Gillibrand backs minimum wage boost

The movement to increase the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum. President Obama has championed the idea. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the wave.

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1:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Former Jills cheerleaders sue team over low wages, allege 'degrading' treatment

Five former Jills are suing the team over low pay and "degrading" situations

A group of five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders has filed suit against the Buffalo Bills, saying the football team exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State's minimum wage laws.

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10:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

WBFO will air State of the Union speech

President Obama at UB.
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WBFO will carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response Tuesday at 9 p.m. NPR's Melissa Block will host cover and will be joined NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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3:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Gillibrand agenda seeks to help working families

Sen. Gillibrand says working families need a paycheck during hard times.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point plan in Buffalo Friday that she says would update workplace rules to strengthen middle-class families.

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8:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Silver calls for quicker boost to minimum wage

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is a powerful ally for advocates of a higher minimum wage.
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A key lawmaker says the state’s minimum wage, which as of December 31st is $8 an hour, should jump to $9 an hour by next year.

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2:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Minimum wage increase in effect

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The minimum wage increase of $8 an hour went into effect in New York State Tuesday. The increase is the first of three raises that will result in minimum wage workers earning $9 an hour by the end of 2015.

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8:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Buffalo protest calls for higher minimum wage

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Across the country Thursday, protestors were out calling for higher pay for workers in fast food restaurants. That movement was joined in Buffalo with protests near several fast food restaurants at Main and Utica.

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3:04 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Cuomo touts budget accomplishments in Buffalo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a ceremonial budget signing in Harriman Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus Tuesday in front of a few hundred invited guests.

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1:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Advocates say NY minimum wage falls short of cost of living

Transportation Aides of Buffalo President Betty Martin speaking at the downtown rally.
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State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined about a dozen community activists in downtown Buffalo Monday morning to call on Albany to raise the state's minimum wage.

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1:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Advocacy group calls raising state's minimum wage a top priority

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Around 100 people turned out for a rally Friday morning at the Gloria Parks Community Center in North Buffalo to support higher wages for the working poor.

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8:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Minimum wage efforts continue in Albany

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Supporters of raising New York’s minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed this session.

The bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25  an hour to $8.50  has been approved in the Democratic led State Assembly, but faces opposition form Republicans who control the Senate.

GOP Senate leaders say it would be a “job killer”, because small businesses would  have to limit hiring new workers.

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9:27 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Minimum wage debate continues in Albany

For weeks, there’s been a stalemate in Albany over the issue of raising the state’s minimum age, with Assembly Democrats backing the idea, Senate Republicans opposing it, and Governor Cuomo remaining neutral in the middle, saying he generally backs the measure, but feels that the GOP can’t be convinced.

The governor and the leaders appeared together at an event in the governor’s ceremonial offices, and were asked if they were doing anything to resolve the impasse.
There was a brief pause.

“Who wants to go first, guys?” Cuomo said, with a laugh.

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11:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cuomo eases off legislative agenda

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the state's minimum wage to become law this year and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead .

In remarks to his cabinet, Cuomo says he expects a “relatively quiet” end to the legislative session. He says campaign finance reform, including public campaign financing, are measures that he supports, but says that they are “controversial” and “polarizing” issues in the legislature.

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