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NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law Wednesday a bill that guarantees at least $8.10 an hour plus health benefits for some 50,000 health care workers employed by companies with city contracts.
The law covers teachers who care for cerebral palsy patients, day care workers and home care attendants.
The wages will start at a minimum of $8.10 per hour this year and increase annually until the pay rate reaches $10 per hour in July 2006. The state minimum wage is $5.15 an hour.
An earlier version of the legislation would have required some companies to provide wage subsides to 2,700 janitors, security guards and other personnel. The mayor objected, fearing the provision would chase businesses out of the city.
Ninety percent of the wage increases will be covered by the state under a health package negotiated by Gov. George Pataki in January. The city is responsible for 10 percent.