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Ulster County considering $15 minimum wage

Aug 18, 2015 12:05 am
Patricia Doxsey in The Daily Freeman reports that Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete proposed a $15-an-hour minimum wage for county employees. “If we’re going to try to save the world, we’ve got to start leading from right here,” said Parete (D-Boiceville). “It might be an awful good signal to the world that we’re progressive and we care about the people that are servicing us and servicing our county." The proposal, which would begin Jan. 1, 2016, and the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee will discuss it more in September. Ulster's full-time employees already make more than $15 per hour as of Jan. 1, so the proposal would only affect part-time workers. Currently, six part-time union employees are scheduled to be paid $14.72 an hour beginning Jan. 1. “I’m a business person,” said Richard Gerentine, (R-Marlborough). “I don’t think that we as a county should be dictating to anyone what minimum wage should be.” Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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