In what should be a surprise to absolutely no-one, the Fast Food Wage Board appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unanimously voted on Wednesday to recommend increasing the minimum wage applicable to fast food employees to $15/hour. They suggest the increase be phased in over the next 3 to 6 years, reaching $15 by the end of 2018 in New York City and by July of 2021 throughout the rest of the state. Initial increases ($10.50 in NYC, $9.75 elsewhere in the state) will become effective by December 31, 2015. The appointment of the Wage Board was an end-run by Cuomo, who failed to get his preferred minimum wage increase through the state legislature. The fix was in from the start on the Wage Board decision, which can be implemented with just the approval of the state labor commissioner (a Cuomo appointee). Its members, all appointed by Cuomo, were: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Mike Fishman and Kevin Ryan, the founder of online member-only shopping company, Gilt. Neither the Governor, acting New York state labor Commissioner Mario Musolino nor the Wage Board have spoken to the fact that 15,000 New York state workers are making less than $15/hour . . .