Statement of Howie Hawkins, former Green Party candidate for Governor, on Cuomo Announcement of Minimum Wage Board for Fast Food Workers "While I am glad that Cuomo has finally admitted that the Governor has the power to raise the minimum wage without legislative agreement, I am disturbed by the timing and content of today's announcement. All workers, not just fast food workers, are entitled to a living wage and that should be at least $15 an hour. The fast food workers have been demanding $15 in their demonstrations. Once again the Governor is providing an excuse for lawmakers not to enact a more robust wage hike. They still have more than a month to act before taking their five month vacation. Lawmakers should pass a $15 minimum wage for every worker in the state, including tip workers, with indexing and home rule for local governments that want to set a higher minimum wage in their jurisdictions."
Green Party of Pennsylvania supports May Day USA march and rally May 1, May Day, is an internationally recognized celebration of labor. The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Riot. The riot was a result of police action against laborers organized to obtain an 8 hour work day and a bomb thrown by one of the protesters.