Council Overrides Mayor's Veto of Prevailing Wage Bill

Measure covering workers at city-owned and subsidized buildings clears final legislative hurdle to become law.

The City Council voted Tuesday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a prevailing wage bill covering dozens of workers at city-owned and subsidized buildings.

With a vote of 44-4 in favor, the effort cleared the necessary two-thirds hurdle earlier this afternoon for the bill to become law.

A key sponsor of the bill, Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, dismissed the Mayor's contention that the legislation would hurt job growth.

"With a growing number of New Yorkers unemployed or underemployed, I have difficulty interpreting the opposition to living wage as anything more than a divisive scare tactic," James said. "New York City’s unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent, and we have seen the issue of income inequality become a nationwide discussion. It’s long past time we take this step towards fairer wages for employees."

The measure will raise the hourly rates of security guards, janitors and other service workers at approximately 41 buildings that receive government subsidies or where the city rents out significant space.

The prevailing wage vote came as the , including bills covering metered parking, adult ads and an effort to determine how best to distribute financial services.

Of the bills before the Council, perhaps none have been as contentious as the prevailing wage bill passed into law today—which, , seeks to lift worker wages for entities receiving taxpayer money.

Bloomberg is also expected to veto a Living Wage bill covering workers at some companies receiving public funds .

The mayor has vowed to fight any attempt to regulate wages at a level above the state's minimum wage in court.

Blankocat May 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What's the status of the other bills. Plz update
Paul Leonard May 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
A bill creating a panel to oversee banks that the city deposits money and otherwise does business with passed, 44-4. The bill allowing for the transfer of muni-meter time also passed, 48-0.


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