NYC Salon Industry Support for Commission Based Employees

NYC Salon Industry Support for Commission Based Employees

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Jessica Lordet started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

Workers in the beauty industry — barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, and aestheticians, among others — believe there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our fellow New Yorkers. While we understand the need to temporarily close businesses due to COVID-19, we fear that the economic harm to the industry and its workers will be devastating and that ongoing relief negotiations have overlooked our particular needs. 


Compensation in the beauty industry is generally structured around commission-based sales and minimum hourly wages heavily supplemented by tips.  The beauty industry is one of New York City’s core service industries, supporting thousands of freelance and salaried employees and their families. In good times and in bad, our mission is to enable our clients to escape from the chaos of everyday city life and to help them feel and look their best. Yet despite being a $93.5 billion dollar industry, our elected representatives and policymakers seem to have overlooked our critical needs.


Other cities and states continue to rally around businesses in their communities, which is not even an option for those of us in New York City in the beauty industry.  Wall Street and other big businesses in the travel and hospitality industries are likely to receive major assistance quickly. However, we fear that we have been forgotten and left without recourse, compensation, or remuneration. Given that many of us are independent contractors, we are not eligible for unemployment, and we do not know how long we will be out of work. Many of us are without any financial support whatsoever during this shutdown and are unable to afford even the most basic costs of living in New York City.  Additionally, since we are also expected to self-quarantine, we cannot take on personal clients at home, as social distancing is not possible in a salon chair. 


The beauty industry is splintered into many different subsets, but we must come together to demand protection, direct financial assistance, up-to-date information, and protection for the members of our industry who have been left to fend for themselves. We must stand united and demand action now. Our lives and livelihoods are at stake. 


Each salon chair represents a critical industry and thousands of New York City jobs.  We demand a seat at the table. This is an appointment we cannot afford to miss.

 

 

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