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(Crain’s) — State legislators passed three different bills Thursday aimed at raising standards for workers in some of the lowest-wage industries in New York.

Both the Assembly and Senate passed a revised version of a controversial bill that will raise the salaries of contracted service workers in public utility facilities. Giants like Consolidated Edison and National Grid had previously been exempt from prevailing-wage laws, but Thursday’s action by legislators sets the stage for 2,000 workers to see their salaries jump from as little as $7.75 an hour to as much as $21.80 per hour, plus benefits.

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