- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour could be formally approved any day.

The increase would apply to fast-food workers in restaurants with 30 or more locations - about 200,000 people - and would be phased in over three years in New York City and six years elsewhere in the state.

The current wage of $8.75 an hour already is set to automatically rise to $9 for all workers at year’s end.

The $15 proposal was endorsed by a state Wage Board last month.

A mandatory public comment period has expired and the proposal now awaits approval by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner. The commissioner has until Sept. 14 to act.

Cuomo supports the hike, and it is expected to be approved.

Thousands of fast-food workers submitted letters supporting the increase, with many saying the current minimum wage of $8.75 has fallen far behind the cost of living.

Alexsandra Candelaria works at a Rochester-area McDonald’s where she makes $9. She also works two other part-time jobs to help make ends meet and to support her family. Candelaria testified at a Wage Board meeting this summer.

“Anything over what I’m making now would make things that much easier,” she said. “Everybody told us we were crazy, that we wouldn’t get $15.”

Franchise owners submitted formal objections to the state protesting the increase. Restaurant owners are considering whether to challenge the increase in court.

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