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Of course, we would like a $15 minimum wage. But it seems that our illustrious governor is more interested in giving away the public schools. Perhaps there is an alternative that can be enacted locally.
I would propose that the city require every business that employs more than 25 people to post a notice at each entrance in letters at least 6” high stating one of the following:
- It has been notified that it does not have more than 2 employees or 2% of its labor force receiving public benefits. (may use green ink)
- All employees are all paid at least $15 per hour. (may use green ink)
- It has not been notified if more than 2 employees or 2% of its labor force is receiving public benefits if some employees are paid less than $15 per hour and some may be receiving public assistance. (must use yellow ink with a black border around letters)
- It has been notified that it does have more than 2 employees or 2% of its labor force receiving public benefits and some employees are paid less than $15 per hour. (must use red ink)
The city could get the necessary information from state and federal data. If the relevant agencies refuse to provide the data, the city could file FOIL requests.
I believe that merely forcing companies to put such signs at the entrances would forcefully encourage companies to improve their pay. Wal-Mart might not care, but would Chase Manhattan want such notices as #3 or #4 at each branch? Would Delta Airlines want to post such a notice? I think not!