The New York State Wage Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and 2021 in the rest of the state.
The change would affect about 180,000 workers statewide, according to Reuters. The decision is expected to be approved by the state labor commissioner.
The move, along with other increases in Seattle and Los Angeles, has touched off a debate between advocates pushing for a “living wage” and opponents who believe the increase is too much and will lead to unemployment (courtesy touch-screen ordering machines).
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