Buffalo and Rochester adopt $15 minimum wage for city workers

Buffalo and Rochester have announced on November 18 that the minimum wage for public sector workers will increase to $15 an hour in each of the cities. The actions will take effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year and will follow the phased-in schedule the Governor proposed for a statewide, all-industry $15 minimum wage by 2021.

The announcements come on the heels of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement on November 10 to increase the wage for state employee’s to $15 per hour.

The wage increase for city workers for both Buffalo and Rochester will follow the Governor’s schedule for counties outside of New York City, with the one exception of the phase one increase to $9.75, which will take effect at the start of each city’s next fiscal year, July 1, 2016.

Following the increase in July of 2016, increases are scheduled as follows: $10.75, effective December 31, 2016; $11.75 on December 31, 2017; $12.75 on December 31, 2018; $13.75 on December 31, 2019; $14.50 on December 31, 2020; and $15 on July 2021.

The state minimum wage, which is currently $8.75 per hour, is scheduled to increase to $9 an hour on December 31, 2015. (New York State Office of the Governor, Press Releases, November 18, 2015.)

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