Possible minimum wage increase worries not-for-profit

While fast food workers are celebrating the prospect of an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour, one Rockland County not-for-profit is worried

With many Jawonio employees holding two jobs to make ends meet, the organization is worried that a fast food job will look more attractive.

With many Jawonio employees holding two jobs to make ends meet, the organization is worried that a fast food job will look more attractive. (7/23/15)

NEW CITY - While fast food workers are celebrating the prospect of an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour, one Rockland County not-for-profit is worried about losing employees.   

Jawonio provides services for the developmentally disabled in New City. The not-for-profit is worried that it may lose its professional staff to fast food establishments.

Jawonio pays employees $11.60 an hour. With many Jawonio employees holding two jobs to make ends meet, the organization is worried that a fast food job will look more attractive.

Jawonio CEO Jill Warner says state reimbursement rates make it impossible to pay workers more.

"We can only raise salaries when the state gives us an increase," says Warner. "We haven't seen an increase in five years."

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