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BSC wage increase on the horizon

March 29, 2012

NEW YORK — A pro-union bill that would boost salaries for thousands of privately hired workers to minimum rates set by the city is expected to be passed by the city council next week, according to the New York Post.

Speaker Christine Quinn plans to move the controversial "prevailing wage" legislation at the council meeting on Wednesday, the article stated.

According to the article, the bill would expand the number of building service workers — including janitors, cleaning crews and security officers — who are paid prevailing wages set by the city comptroller, the rates of which are often much higher than standard, non-union wages.

Under the bill, private developers would be required to pay prevailing wages for working at projects in which the city provides at least $1 million in subsidies, the article noted.

"When New York City funds new development or leases space in a building, we should be treating workers fairly by paying them fairly," said Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito.

"Our taxpayer dollars shouldn’t go towards undercutting working families in a race to the bottom," Mark-Viverito added.

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