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Bloomberg to Sue Over Living Wage Bill

Mayor blasts bill guaranteeing higher wages as being counterproductive for businesses.

Acting swiftly after the City Council voted Thursday to override his veto of , Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to sue in an effort to block the law guaranteeing higher wages for certain private-sector workers, according to WNYC.

Bloomberg dismissed the legislation Friday as "pandering to special interests" and said the wage guarntees would result in less jobs being created for low-income residents.

The law, , requires employers receiving city subsidies to pay their workers at least $11.50 an hour or $10 an hour with health benefits.

Two Brooklyn employers receiving city funds, Atlantic Yards redevelopment and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, are already exempt from the wage guarantees in the bill.

Sean Nesbit June 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
It's pandering if you protect the workers? As opposed to what HE is doing by pandering to big business special interest?
Truth2Power June 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM
In order for New York City to continue to be a new paradise for the rich and super rich, we need lots of very poor people to serve them. A living wage is counter productive to that idea.
Chase June 30, 2012 at 09:37 PM
businesses are holding back job creation; not workers wages. corporations are literally sitting on mounds of profits NOW. they are not hiring, but giving bonuses and WAITING for the economic climate to improve. well the economy wont improve till we BUY. if we dont have the $ to purchase goods it will NEVER improve.
cath July 01, 2012 at 09:42 PM
All great comments. I hadn't been following this - why are Atlantic Yards and Bklyn Navy Yard exempt - two perfect candidates for this! Can you add in a link? Thanks.
Paul Leonard July 01, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The bill is the result of months of negotiations during which BK Navy Yard and Atlantic Yards--as well as the massive Hudson Yards development, which has not yet begun--all secured exemptions on the basis of their importance to the city's economy. Whether those exemptions are justified is a matter of debate, however.

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