City and State's Minimum Wage Bump Takes Effect

NEW YORK - Monday is the first weekday since the state's new minimum wage took effect.

On Saturday the new law kicked in requiring city businesses with more than 10 employees to pay $11 an hour.

Businesses with fewer than 10 workers will pay $10.50 an hour.

The wage hike affects about 860,000 workers in the five boroughs.

The minimum wage for the rest of the state is climbing to either $10 or $9.70 an hour.

This is all part of of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.

New Yorkers we spoke with say the wage hike is a good one.

"The cost of living in New York City is very high, rent and stuff like that so if people get a raise, that's very good," said one New Yorker.

"It's positive to help them with their bills and other things that they have to do," another New Yorker noted.

"Everybody can ease up a little bit, but we’re still going to fight for it, to get a little more. That we deserve," said Anna Couch, an 1199 SEIU worker.

Minimum wage workers who do not get their pay raise should call the state Department of Labor at 1-888-469-7365.

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