Since the financial crisis a few years ago, low-wage work has accounted for all net new jobs in New York City and New York State. While the corporations that employ these workers have recovered from the economic downturn and are now earning massive profits, they continue to pay their workers low wages without benefits, often exploiting their workers through wage theft and workplace abuses.
Workers have begun to fight back, with fast food workers being the latest to join airport, car wash and supermarket workers in organizing for better pay and respect on the job within New York City. Workers and their allies realize that in order to get the economy
working again, the focus must be on putting money into the pockets of hard-working men and women in our city through fair wages and the creation of good jobs, funded in part by a fair deal on the “fiscal cliff.”
As working families struggle to survive, some members of Congress have prioritized cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and are threatening to take the country over the fiscal cliff to keep the wealthiest 2% of Americans from paying their fair share. Labor, community, student, faith and progressive groups are united to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, protect the safety net, and invest in jobs and broader prosperity.
Building on the momentum of historic organizing campaigns for car wash, supermarket, airport, and now fast food workers, folks from all around the city are gathering in Times Square, where we will stress the importance of the creation of good, well-paying jobs.