National Restaurant Association retaliates against $15 Minimum Wages

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 12.59.52 PMThe National Restaurant Association has recently filed a petition late last week challenging New York’s minimum wage increase. The NRA is asking New York’s Industrial Board of Appeals to outstate the order from the Department of Labor to gradually raise the hourly minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

The increase in state-wide wages for fast food workers was made official in September when Governor Cuomo announced that in yearly breakdowns the wages of all fast food chains in New York would need to increase wages. The board recommended that $15 per hour was an “adequate” wage for fast food workers and was approved by Cuomo’s labor commissioner. However, NRA has submitted a 26 page appeal claiming that the wage increase is just a “thinly veiled attempt by Governor Cuomo” to avoid the hassle of getting things approved by the state legislature and finding a different way to enact his own policies. The filings include issues of separation of powers, and argues that the board made the new wage without a representative for the restaurant industry.

Many franchise owners as well are planning to file a lawsuit that argues that “it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant” increase in costs that will be only applied to the fast food industry, not to all industries. The franchise owners believe the wage increase is “unfair and discriminatory.”

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