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  Farmers and small business owners from across Central and Upstate New York gathered in Albany on Wednesday to announce their unified position against the proposed $15 hourly minimum wage.  Dozens of business organizations and trade associations representing everyone from tourism and retail to restaurants and transportation have formed a coalition to oppose the wage hike.  Executive director of Unshackle Upstate Greg Biryla says most studies show a correlation between wage hikes and the cost of goods and services.

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A Syracuse coalition of community advocates, elected officials, and labor groups have joined a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage as the legislative session begins to wind down.  

They gathered in front of a fast food restaurant on Erie Boulevard Thursday to kick off their effort, which also includes empowering local governments to enact their own higher wages.  Citizen Action Organizing Director Rosemary Rivera says Governor Cuomo has said he supports a statewide minimum of $10.10 an hour, up from the current $8.00.

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Women might be the key in passing an increase to the federal minimum wage – or at least that’s how New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to frame the wage legislation to her congressional colleagues.  She highlighted the issue Tuesday on “Equal Pay Day,” the date to which women would have to work to match the pay men got for the same job last calendar year.