Council Bloc Renews $10 Minimum Wage Push

January 13, 2011  |  

(Crain’s) — Proponents of a City Council bill that would require jobs resulting from city-subsidized projects to pay at least $10 an hour, plus benefits, are intensifying their campaign this week. They’ve crafted three amendments to make the measure more palatable to business and are staging a 1,000-person rally Thursday evening to draw on the symbolism of the upcoming holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The amendments carve out three groups whose members have argued that the bill would have a harmful impact on their operations. Small businesses with less than $1 million a year in revenues, nonprofits of all sizes and certain employers on projects that are composed primarily of affordable housing will be exempted from the wage mandate, which was resubmitted to the Council this week.

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