Improving standards of work life requires a consorted effort from legislators and grassroots organizers and in these hard economic times, we are seeing both. First, Leticia James, Public Advocate for New York City, discusses the major issues for which she is advocating and explains why it is so important to have someone in the public sphere pushing for these causes. Then, three panelists involved in the wage rage rally that brought together low wage workers from various industries to demand a livable wage and better work conditions, explain what these workers have in common, and what has brought them together.
Leticia James Advocates for Public Good
The NYC Public Advocate’s bully pulpit brings public attention to issues that are often overlooked. Letitia James as the current Public Advocate has identified many pressing issues facing New Yorkers. We discuss everything from the working conditions in nail salons to the treatment of children in the foster care system. Each of these issues requires immediate action and through her office’s public advocacy there is already positive movement in the City Council as well as the Mayor’s office.
Leticia James uses her bully pulpit to bring attention to issues that impact working people Tweet this
Organized Wage Rage
Social legislation is frequently the stepchild of injustice and the unrest that results from it. Lately low wage workers are feeling more and more exploited by anti-union employers who cut hours, eliminate health care and keep wages at the minimum wage level without opportunity for advancement. Recently workers from vastly different sectors of the low wage work economy marched together to demand better working conditions. “ Our guests include three activists involved in the “Wage Rage” campaign: Darrah Sipe, Director of Communications for The Retail Action Project (“RAP”), Paloma Zapata, a member of the Retail Action Project, an artist employed at Utrecht/Blick Art Supply who advocates for unionization, and Martiza Silva Farrell, lead political organizer for The Alliance for a Greater New York.(“ALIGN”). They describe the new model of organizing where workers from various sectors organize together to better working conditions throughout the “low wage” sectors of our economy
The Wage Rage rally showed New York and the country the power of low wage worker organizing to challenge common problems Tweet this
1) Vote No on Prop 1 – Veterans Equality Act: Hear about why we should oppose prop 1 in the elections on November 4th to prevent political cronyism
2) Promoting Labor Day Solidarity: We discuss the importance of solidarity in the labor movement to address worker issues
3) Tackling Degraded Work: We talk about the ways many bosses take advantage of low wage workers
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