Municipal Government, New York

Ulster Official Wants $15 Minimum for County Workers

August 27, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The chair of the Ulster County Legislature in upstate New York wants to raise the minimum wage for county workers to $15 per hour, saying that if it’s good enough for fast-food workers, it’s good enough for “the people that work in infirmaries cleaning bedpans, and all the other folks."

"I think it's time to send a message out that people need to be compensated fairly," John Perele told the Albany Times-Union. The county would not need approval from Albany to raise wages for its own employees, but Perele estimated there are only about 6 to 10 county workers who make less than $15. Suffolk and Westchester counties have set minimum wages for employees of some outside contractors, but both are less than $15.
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August 27, 2015

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