Unions, affordable housing groups, progressive democratic clubs and faith-based institutions are just a sampling of the partners that make up the diverse LivingWage NYC Campaign, a broad-based coalition that has been fighting to secure a better standard of living for many of New York City’s working families over the last year. Despite a growing opposition movement funded by business interests embolden after their defeat of the sick-leave bill earlier this year, LivingWage NYC received a bolt of momentum when Speaker Christine Quinn announced that a hearing would be called for this Thursday May 12th at 1pm at 250 Broadway, 16th floor to debate bringing the legislation, titled “Fair Wages for New Yorkers” Act, to the floor for a vote.
The bill co-sponsored by Councilman Oliver Koppell and 28 other councilmembers would require all employers in developments that receive more than $100,000 in city subsidies to pay workers $10-per-hour if the employer pays health care benefits, or $11.50 an hour if they do not. We’re encouraging young people to show up and call on their city council members to support this important legislation. With the administration’s economic development plan partially dependent on the growth of the service sector to meet the need for more jobs, the lack of regulations to ensure that they are fair-wage positions could contribute to the alarmingly growing gap between our top and lowest earners. Without this common sense legislation that has already been passed in cities like Boston, Los Angles and San Francisco, low-to-moderate income families will continue to struggle to meet the rising costs of living and as responsible citizens we should demand that our tax dollars are invested in development that addresses those problems. Like our fellow democrats at StoneWall, let’s demand that our city remains a place where good jobs can still be found by making your voice heard at the rally this Thursday. Come support the fight to make the living wage bill into law.
For more information or to find out how you can get involved please visit the homepage for the LivingWageNYC Campaign at www.livingwagenyc.org.