"$15 would totally change my life."
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Esther Meroño0 Responses

New Yorkers, rejoice! Our fast food workers are about to make history. After two and a half years of workers organizing around the state for a living wage, Gov. Cuomo has responded by appointing a Wage Board to review and recommend new wages. 

This is an absolutely critical moment for people of faith in NY to speak out. You can be assured that the Wage Board will hear economic arguments from business leaders, and legal perspectives from lawyers. We have to make sure they hear from US that raising wages for our lowest-paid brothers and sisters is the only moral thing to do. 

Join me in creating a moral mandate for the Wage Board to raise fast food wages to $15 an hour – the amount our working neighbors have been calling for in New York and around the country. Please sign the petition to the Wage Board – which is convening next week! – and then share it with your friends, family, and faith community.

What’s at stake? "Fifteen dollars would totally change my life,” says Jacquie, a McDonald’s worker supporting her family in Albany on $9/hour. 

I agree with Pope Francis who wrote: "Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills." 

We are called as followers of all faiths to speak out on behalf of the poor and victims of injustice. Right now, we can take action to change the lives of fast food workers who can't make ends meet while their employers reap billions in profits. Right now, we can stop the grave injustice of poverty wages for fast food workers in our affluent state. 

Join me in saying no to a fast food industry that relies on poverty wages and yes to workers' calls for dignity, justice, and $15 an hour. Please sign and share the petition today.

We’ll make sure your signature makes it to the Wage Board. We’ll continue to gather signatures until June 22 and then submit them in person as testimony at the final public Wage Board hearing in Albany. 

Thank you,
Bishop Howard Hubbard
Co-chair, New York State Labor-Religion Coalition 

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