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New York governor reveals plan for US$15 minimum wage

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support Thursday for a US$15 per hour minimum wage that would be gradually implemented state-wide for all workers.

[NEW YORK] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support Thursday for a US$15 per hour minimum wage that would be gradually implemented state-wide for all workers.

The move follows his push in late July to raise the minimum wage for fast-food employees to US$15.

"Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves US$15 an hour as a minimum wage," Mr Cuomo said during a speech in Manhattan, flanked by union leaders and US Vice-President Joe Biden - who is considering a bid for the White House.

The Democratic governor said he would take his proposal, which would benefit an estimated 2.2 million workers, to New York's state legislature.

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However the measure will need support from the body's Republican lawmakers.

The federal minimum wage is currently pegged at US$7.25 an hour, but states and municipalities can set their own minimum.

Some 29 states and Washington, DC, have minimum wages above the federal minimum. New York's stands at US$8.75.

Meanwhile, several cities from Seattle to San Francisco have a US$15 minimum wage, and US President Barack Obama has recommended a federal minimum wage of $12 per hour.

Under Mr Cuomo's plan, wage increases would be implemented gradually, taking effect in New York City by 2018, and elsewhere in the state by 2021.

AFP

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