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These 137 brands have been targeted for a $15 minimum wage

Will your restaurant be required to pay the $15 minimum wage recommended by New York’s “fast-food wage board?”

Before you say no, take a look at the list of 137 restaurant company brands  the board included in the final report to the state’s labor department. While the three-member board says its list isn’t intended to be definitive, it shows that the board intended to cast a wide net with its loose definition of a “fast-food establishment.”  

Under the board’s recommendations, New York restaurants that are found to meet the board’s definition of “fast food” will have to pay a minimum wage of $15 by 2021, while those in New York City will be required to pay $15 by 2018.

There’s still time for restaurateurs to make their voices heard. The report won’t be final until it’s signed by Mario Musolino, New York’s acting labor commissioner, and comments will be accepted until August 15. The Coalition to Save New York Restaurants, which includes the National Restaurant Association and New York State Restaurant Association, urges restaurant operators to tell the wage board about the pressure a $15 minimum wage will put on their businesses, and the unfairness of targeting a single industry.

Tell New York’s labor commissioner to reject a $15 minimum wage for fast-food-employers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in May ordered Musolino to form the wage board to recommend a new minimum wage for the state’s “fast food” establishments. No restaurant operators were chosen to serve on the board, which has largely dismissed concerns about job losses, price increases and closures raised by restaurant operators, the NYSRA, and the NRA. Both associations joined other business groups in the Save New York Restaurants coalition to oppose the increase.

The board’s lack of concern about job losses came despite the fact that 43 percent of operators surveyed in June by the Employment Policies Institute said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to close their restaurants if they were forced to pay a $15 minimum wage.

“The reality is that most businesses are not going to pay $15 an hour and keep their doors open,” New York Burger King franchisee David Sutz, who owns four restaurants, told CBS News. “It just won’t happen. The economics don’t work in this industry. There is a limit to what you’re going to pay for a hamburger.”

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