Governor Cuomo gave over 180,000 New Yorkers working at fast food restaurant a raise. The first minimum wage increase will go into effect on December 31, 2015 making the minimum in New York City rise to $10.50 and for all other counties in New York State to $9.75. Under Coumo’s plan the minimum wage in the city would then rise by $1.50 each year for the next three years, until it reaches $15.00 per hour at the end of 2018. For all other counties in New York state, the hourly wage would rise each year, reaching $15 on July 1, 2021.
The new minimum wage rules will apply to all workers in all chain fast-food restaurants with at least 30 locations. The law will apply to a fast food restaurants that serve food or drink at counters where customers pay before eating with the option of taking the food or drink out for consumption.
When New York acts the rest of the states will follow.
Vice President Joe Biden attended the September 10, 2015 announcement in Nw York City; Biden will work towards raising the federal minimum wage during his time left in office.