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Living Wage Council Bill Battle Slated For May 12
New York Daily News
Celeste Katz

April 21, 2011
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After nearly a year of delays, a bruising City Council labor battle is coming to City Council next month.

Our Erin Einhorn reports:

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has scheduled for May 12 a hearing on the so-called "living wage" bill to require most businesses in city-subsidized developments to pay up to $11.50 an hour - pay far exceeding the state's $7.25 minimum wage.

Mayor Bloomberg opposes the controversial union-backed measure, saying it will drive up economic development costs.

Quinn hasn't taken a position on the bill but, until recently, had not allowed it to get a hearing needed for the bill to move forward.