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Living Wage Law Ammendments Urged

By Allison Ogorek

Buffalo, NY – Supporters of the Buffalo Living Wage Law met in the Common Council Chambers Tuesday, urging that amendments be made to the current law.

The law was passed by the Buffalo Common Council in 1999, but the city failed to enforce the law.

Maria Whyte, Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Justice, said the current law does not benefit certain professions.

"Today it's clear that Western New Yorkers have spoken. We have said that it is important for the original intent of the law to be upheld, and for workers like parking attendants to be covered under the living wage," said Whyte. "We have further indicated a safe and productive way in which council members can avoid conflict with the Control Board."

The Coalition and Citizen Action threatened a lawsuit against the city back in 2001.

But upon learning of the impending suit, the city lessened the law's impact by removing all enforcement provisions.

The Common Council is expected to vote on amendments to the law July 22.