9:30 am May. 15, 2012
The 2013 Democratic mayoral field, minus Bill Thompson has written an op-ed in support of prevailing-wage legislation. This afternoon, the Council will override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the measure, which would raise wages for building service workers in some buildings subsidized by taxpayers or occupied by city offices.
In the Daily News, four of the five main Democrats running in 2013—Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer—their names arranged in alphabetical order, wrote that the Council's override is "an important step toward raising the standard of living for working people in the five boroughs."
The mayor has stated that this bill would interfere with the free market. But the city’s economic development program is designed to do exactly that. It uses government incentives to favor businesses that provide a public benefit by creating jobs in our city rather than somewhere else.
This legislation seeks only to ensure that these taxpayer subsidies go toward creating jobs that pay a reasonable wage.
The legislation, it should be noted, is largely symbolic, emphasizing the candidates' liberality without actually posing a threat to the city's business interests. The Council estimates that it will initially affect fewer than 200 workers.
It's not clear whether Thompson was invited to put his name on this op-ed. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
More by this author:
- Councilmen to Sadik-Khan: Don't let the Park Slope community board stop you
- If you live in New York City, there's now a 1-in-3 chance you're in an evacuation zone