A living wage is in place for New York City's fast-food workers. In New York City, fast-food workers took part in strikes to protest their low wages, demanding their pay be raised from $7.25 to $15 per hour. Several years later, the Governor of New York State responded to ongoing advocacy by directing the state labor commissioner to study worker conditions and wages. After holding hearings and gathering testimony across the state, the wage board recommended raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York City to $15 per hour, and raising minimum wages for fast-food workers statewide by 2021. Since the increase, fast-food workers have seen a pay increase of 20 to 28 percent while job growth in the sector has remained steady. This minimum-wage increase will also extend to all other employees in New York City beginning in 2020. Read more.