New York’s minimum wage hike has impacted area businesses and employees.
The lowest paid workers in the state will see a 70 cent increase in their 2019 paychecks, from $10.40 to $11.10.
Some McDonald’s employees are paid more than the state’s minimum. The increase, however, also brings their wages about another dollar higher.
For workers who struggle to make ends meet, pay off student loans or have growing families, that extra dollar can go a long way.
“For me personally, it’s a good thing, only because I have a large family, and I am working on grandkids now so it does help in that aspect too, and with the bills and everything in general,” Rebecca Croft, a crew member at McDonald’s in Corning, said.
Although the wage increase can benefit employees, it can also pose a burden for business owners figuring out how to manage those increased labor costs.
“If you want to maintain the same level of service and you need the same number of people, something has to give,” Enrique Viveros, co-owner of Snap Fitness, said.
Viveros said there won’t be significant changes at his multiple Snap Fitness locations, however, his other business, Cinnabon in the Arnot Mall, increased prices in December.
“Cinnabon is a very manual process, there is not a lot of automation that we can do, so it costs more to make the product,” Viveros said.
Minimum wage rates are scheduled to increase on the last day of each year until they reach $15.00 per hour.