HARLEM, NY (PIX11) – The reverend Al Sharpton was joined by labor leaders and several likely mayoral candidates at a rally to raise the state minimum wage to $9 at his Harlem headquarters on Saturday.
Currently, the New York state minimum wage stands at $7.25. The state Assembly passed legislation supporting the bump earlier this week, now proponents are urging the senate to do the same.
“New York must be the laboratory that we show the nation how workers must be respected and regarded and given a livable wage,” Sharpton said. “If we can’t do it in New York we can’t do it nation-wide.”
Sharpton was joined at the podium by several labor leaders and elected officials-including city comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, both of whom are running for New York City mayor.
Nearly 400 business leaders statewide has endorsed increasing the minimum-wage.