Under the wire
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By Adam Wisnieski
The deal probably would not have been struck if a living wage mandate, even the most recent watered down version of the bill, had already been on the books.
Currently, many FreshDirect employees earn less than a living wage. It is unclear exactly how many jobs earn less than the defined “living wage” of $10 per hour with benefits or $11.50 without. But the company is currently advertising for a variety of job openings — including for packers, janitors, kitchen associates and part-time deliverymen — that start at $8 to $8.75.
Talk about raising wage mandates seems to have shifted away from living wage to minimum wage. If the state were to increase its minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50, as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and state Sen. Jeff Klein propose, pay at FreshDirect would probably rise to remain above the minimum wage line.
Church and state
Religious organizations have been allowed to use school space for more than a decade despite a citywide ban, pending a federal court’s decision on a case involving the Bronx Household of Faith renting space at a PS 15 in University Heights.
The court decided in June to uphold the city’s ban and the churches were given until Sunday to move out.
KeywordsAdam Wisnieski, Political Arena, Fresh Direct, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Gustavo Rivera, Jeff Klein, Adriano Espaillat, PS 15, religious groups, city owned schools, Kingsbridge Armory, Rep. Eliot Engel.