May 1st, International Workers' Day

May 1st, International Workers' Day

Hawkins heads to Utica for May Day to join a “Fight for Fifteen” May Day Vigil for Fair and Living Wages, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the public sidewalk on 100 block North Genesee Street (across the street from the Hess Gas Station), Utica.

Hawkins supports raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, indexed to increases in worker productivity, and would crack down on the epidemic of wage theft in the state Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused more than a year to convene a minimum wage board to provide a wage hike to tip workers despite this being part of the wage agreement last year with the legislature. State labor law allows the Governor to administratively raise the minimum wage without the need for legislative approval. 

Hawkins supports the rights of immigrant communities who make important contributions to the state's economy. In addition to passage of the Dream Act, he would provide driver's licenses and ID to undocumented immigrants and restore the voting rights that New York once extended to all immigrants. He supports passage of a bill to extend to farmworkers, most of them immigrants, the same rights under law that other workers have.

Howie Hawkins on the Red/Green roots of May Day:

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