New York City’s workers outside of the fast food industry might be next in the battle for higher wages alongside tipped workers.
In the spring, workers at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital protested for higher wages.
“We got fast food workers calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage and now, for them to say to employees at America’s Best Hospital that they can’t do any better, is just outrageous,” said Jim McNeill, a spokesman for the union to the Baltimore Brew.
But what about workers in the “greatest city in the world?”
Social and human service assistants, community health workers, pre-school teachers, religious workers, library technicians and teacher assistants are among those whose entry level salary falls below the new minimum wage put into effect my Mayor de Blasio, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Companion aides” or elderly and disabled care workers in New York just became included in the minimum wage pool in March 2014. Social science research technicians also make less than Mayor de-Blasio’s executive order of $13.13 per hour.
“We must overcome the stereotype of the library worker as the selfless, dedicated and devoted worker, who is in the profession to do good and who will accept any pittance of pay,” reads the ALA-APA, a website dedicated to improving the perspective and salary of librarians and library assistants.
Library technicians starting salary is $18,090. For a teaching assistant, it’s slightly above at $18,720. Home health aides and pharmacy aides make a median income that falls below the living wage in New York City as well.
“We work hard, some days I put in more than eight hours of work, you know?” said Raqiya Shoaib, 23, a veterinary assistant in Long Island. “I’m happy with my job but a pay raise would help a lot.”