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Bronx Lawmakers Join Union Officials to Announce New Living Wage Bill

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Bronx lawmakers joined union officials Saturday to introduce a new living wage bill, which they say adds a key component missing from previous legislation.

The new bill would include a so-called "labor harmony" requirement.

The neutrality agreement would require retail developments subsidized with $1 million or more in taxpayer money not to interfere with a decision by its workers to unionize.

In exchange, the unions would promise not to picket or disrupt business operations.

Living wage became a reality in the state in 2012, when the council overrode a veto from then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to force any private development heavily subsided with public money to pay workers $10-an-hour with supplemental health benefits, or $11.50-an-hour without them.

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