Support a Living Wage for Hard-Working New Yorkers
  • Petitioned Christine Quinn

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New York City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn

Support a Living Wage for Hard-Working New Yorkers

    1. Lauren Kelley
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Kelley

      Brooklyn, NY

New York's businesses, legislators and labor advocates are turning their attention back to a bill that would guarantee a living wage for employees working on city-subsidized projects.

The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act has actually been kicking around since last spring, but it keeps eluding passage. Now, Bronx councilmember Oliver Koppell, who helped introduce the bill, is actively pushing it in the city council once again. Here's what the bill would accomplish (via Living Wage NYC):

--Guarantee that workers in large development projects receiving public subsidies are paid at least the New York City living wage of $10 an hour

--Index the living wage to inflation so that it increases every year and keeps pace with the cost of living

--Require that employees who do not receive health insurance from their employer receive an additional $1.50 per hour wage supplement to help them purchase their own health insurance

--Apply the living wage guarantee to all workers at a subsidized development project, regardless of whether they are employed directly by the developer or by the project’s tenants or on-site service contractors

Critics of the bill, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, argue that it would make development projects prohibitively expensive and create an un-level playing field, since employers may not want to move into spaces where they're required to pay higher wages. But proponents of the legislation counter that there are roughly 15 cities that have already passed similar living-wage laws and have suffered no ill consequences as a result.

According to a recent article in City Limits, the bill currently has 29 sponsors, which is five short of the two-thirds majority the council will need to override the mayor's veto. According to the article, the "wild card" who could make or break the legislation is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has been amazing in speaking out against a New York City Walmart but refused to publicly support the New York paid sick leave bill.

We're hoping Quinn will not hold her tongue on this issue as well. Tell Speaker Quinn that you think it's only fair that companies receiving public funds pay workers a basic living wage -- and you think she should support the bill as well.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      A coalition has come together to support a living wage in NYC:

    2. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      New York voters overwhelmingly support a living wage, paid sick days and a minimum wage.

    3. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      If Los Angles can do it, why can't we?

    4. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      The New York Daily News: "The question is, why can't New York do what Los Angeles and San Francisco have? The answer is we can - indeed, we must."

    5. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Powerful new video on the fight for a living wage in New York City:

    6. NYC Living Wage Hearing: "We Aren't Here Just to Survive. We Want to Live."

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      After a year of delays, false starts, and toe-tapping from the city's labor community, the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act finally got its much-anticipated initial City Council hearing last week. Wondering what went down? We've got you covered.
      For...

    7. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      The future of NYC's living wage bill is unclear.

    8. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Lifting wages is not a job-killer for New York, study says.

    9. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      "Bloomberg Screws the Poor - Opposing Living Wage" from Daily Kos:

    10. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Via @ALIGNny on Twitter: 500 crowd city hall to demand #livingwagenyc #onmay12

    11. NYC "Fair Wages" Report: Predictably Biased Against a Living Wage

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      No one expected a glowing assessment of a New York City living wage bill in the report funded by the NYC Economic Development Corporation -- after all, there have been concerns about the outcome of this report since the study's research team was...

    12. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      The living wage hearing is set for May 12th. Can we make it to 1,500 signatures by Thursday?

    13. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Living wage advocates target seven on-the-fence council members:

    14. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Brooklyn leads the living wage fight:

    15. The Date Is Set for NYC Living Wage Law Hearing: May 12

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      OK, well that was fast. Just a few days after I questioned the City Council's foot-dragging on a hearing for the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, Council Speaker Christine Quinn finally set a date. So mark your calendars -- the New York City living...

    16. Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      How a living wage would impact workers at Walmart:

    17. New Yorkers Still Waiting on That Living Wage Law Hearing

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Back on March 11, I posted this:
      "NYC's Living Wage Bill to Get Hearing in April."
      Well that didn't take long... Two weeks after a sprawling City Limits article asked if a living wage law could be the next New York City council 'battleground,' and...

    18. Reached 1 signatures
    19. New Yorkers, MLK III Support Living Wage Law

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known as a civil rights crusader who bravely fought against racial injustice in the 1950s and '60s. A perhaps lesser known fact about King is that he was also a tireless supporter of the American labor movement as a...

    20. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Martin Luther King III Backs NYC Living Wage Law

    21. Reached 750 signatures
    22. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      health-care unions to get a living-wage boost for home-health-care workers in the New York City area

    23. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Appelbaum Ties Shirtwaist To Living Wage Campaign

    24. Reached 500 signatures
    25. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Chambers in New York Target ‘Living Wage’ Bill

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    • phillip shapiro BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      We need a living wage law. Let's start with one for city subsidized projects!!!

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    • Quynh Nguyen SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Let's go, NYC! San Diego has a Living Wage Ordinance.

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    • Annie Decker BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:

      Please publicly support the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. It is very important to all New Yorkers, even those who do not earn minimum wages. I want to live in a city where everyone makes a living wage.

      Best,

      Annie

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      A living minimum wage for hard working New Yorkers and all Americans would be good for America's workforce. America's workers deserve fair pay -- in the last decade as their salaries went down executive salaries went up. As union membership declines worker's salaries/benefits decline and executives of big corporations receive bonuses. Now worker's rights and their voice is being threatened by some GOP governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin unfairly. This is immoral. All Americans deserve equal opportunities.

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    • harry gorkin EAST MEADOW, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      but it wont happen the money people wont let it, workers getting money is infationary, not higher prices

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