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February 21, 2017

Minimum Wage Hardship Call In Day: February 22nd

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Last year, Governor Cuomo stated that “financial hardship” would be considered for contracted nonprofits impacted by the minimum wage increase. 

To date, there has been no move by the Governor’s office or contracting state agencies to assess and subsequently address the increased costs not covered by state contracts.

As nonprofit providers, we know that every human services nonprofit will face “hardship” as a result of this unfunded mandate.   Providers will be forced to make difficult choices about how to allocate their already limited resources.

On Wednesday February 22nd, help us to ensure the State understands that this year’s budget must provide funding to cover the rising cost of the minimum wage on state contracts by taking the following steps:

STEP 1 – DO THE MATH

Calculate the cost of bringing your employees covered by state contract to minimum wage.  If applicable, think about what tradeoffs will need to be made to cover this increased cost (i.e. cutting of services, adjustment of program hours, impact to fringe benefits, etc.). 

STEP 2 – CALL YOUR STATE AGENCY

On Wednesday, Februrary 22nd, call your contracting State agency.  Use the suggested script below for guidance:

“Hello, I am [Name], [Title] at [Organization].  I am calling to inquire about the process for claiming financial hardship due to the minimum wage implementation.  Last year, Governor Cuomo stated that financial hardship would be considered for contracted human services nonprofits.  The cost of the minimum wage increase for workers on my organization’s state contracts in the coming year will be [cost].  This presents a serious financial hardship, and impedes our ability to efficiently and effectively provide services.  In order to cover the gap left by this unfunded mandate my organization will need to [impact of lack of funding].  Can you provide any further information about how my contract can be adjusted to reflect this financial hardship?”


STEP 3 – CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

On Wednesday, February 22nd , call your local legislator (Assemblymember and Senator).  Use the suggested script below for guidance:

“Hello, I am [Name], [Title] at [Organization].  I am calling to urge [elected] to take action to fund the minimum wage increase for human services nonprofits in this year’s budget.   Last year, Governor Cuomo stated that financial hardship would be considered for contracted human services nonprofits.  There has been no move to assess or address this hardship—prior to this call I spoke with [agency] who could not provide further information on this.  The cost of the minimum wage increase for workers on my organization’s state contracts in the coming year will be [cost].  This presents a serious financial hardship, and impedes our ability to efficiently and effectively provide services.  In order to cover the gap left by this unfunded mandate my organization will need to [impact of lack of funding].   Thank you, and I look forward to [elected’s] support for this important issue.”

STEP 4 – TELL RON ABOUT IT

Email restoreopportunity@gmail.com.  Tell us what agency and what elected officials you called (and any relevant responses you received).  Tell us what your calculated minimum wage cost will be, and what actions you will need to take to fill the gap. 

Questions?  Contact Mallory Nugent at (212) 801-1341 or restoreopportunity@gmail.com


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