01 Apr George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Chair of the Mario Cuomo Campaign For Economic Justice, Applauds Budget Deal to Raise the New York State Minimum Wage

The following statement is from George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Chair of the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice:

“This budget agreement puts our entire state on the path to a $15 minimum wage, which will lift up millions of hardworking New Yorkers, including healthcare workers, childcare workers and security guards. The majority of those who will benefit are adults working full-time, many of whom support families. Governor Cuomo has been a national leader in the fight against income inequality and a champion of working people, declaring often that ‘We are all connected to each other.’ His tremendous leadership will ensure that all New Yorkers can thrive. We also applaud the bold commitment of Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, who listened to the voices of working people from across the state. The Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice was proud to work alongside coalition partners in labor and communities throughout the state to make this day a reality.

“With this agreement, New York is taking an historic step toward fulfilling the promise of the American Dream that if you work hard, you can build a better future for you and your family. It is also very good news for our state’s economy, which will benefit from the increased spending power of working people who will be better able to shop in local stores, pay the rent and provide for their families. This was a broad collective effort, sparked by the national Fight For $15 movement, and carried forward by thousands of community organizations, faith leaders, union members, and elected officials. What happens in New York does not stay in New York, and so through all of our combined efforts, our state is leading the way toward a more just future where hard work is rewarded with fair pay.”