BX company phasing in $15 wage ahead of state hike

The minimum wage in New York City will rise to $15 by 2018 after state lawmakers reached a budget deal, but one Bronx company is phasing it in ahead of time.



For several months, Bronx meat distributer Nebraskaland has been enacting a starting salary of $15 an hour for all its entry-level employees.



The company brings in about $450 million a year in sales to supermarkets and wholesale companies throughout the United States.



Employees say starting at a livable wage helps with morale, while management says it reduces turnover.



The pay hikes are expected to be phased in by the end of the year. 


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