Fast-food workers gather before wage board meeting in NYC

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NEW YORK — Hundreds of fast food workers gathered in New York City demanding a $15 minimum wage.

The crowd formed before a meeting of a wage board created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It’s scheduled to hear from workers, labor experts and business owners Monday at New York University.

Many workers said before the meeting that they’re having trouble just paying their rent.

The board is expected to recommend whether to raise the minimum wage for the fast-food industry later this summer. Any increase would need the approval of Cuomo’s labor commissioner, but would not need legislative approval.

Business owners say an increase could force them to raise prices or reduce hours for employees.

New York’s minimum wage is now $8.75 and is set to rise to $9 at year’s end.