Progressive Caucus Commends Passage of Prevailing Wage Legislation
NEW YORK, NY — The Progressive Caucus commends today’s passage of prevailing wage legislation that will protect building service workers at minimal cost to the city. We thank Speaker Christine Quinn for her support, and laud Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. for their leadership on this important issue. This legislation requires certain developers who benefit from significant City subsidies and building owners who lease space to the City to pay their building service employees the prevailing wage. This policy will prevent good jobs from being eroded by those employers who receive substantial benefits from the City but pay their workers poverty wages in exchange. Just economic policy is a core tenet of the Progressive Caucus, and we support this legislation which will balance the City’s efforts to incentivize economic development with the need to maintain fair wages for New York’s workers.