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Contact:  Jose Oliva
National Policy Coordinator
Restaurant Opportunities Center United
New York, New Orleans and Chicago, IL 
Phone: 773-612-2559

Fair Wages for New Yorkers Campaign

May 20 2010
New York City’s existing living wage law applies to workers at businesses performing certain types of contracts for the city. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act will extend living wage protections to workers on subsidized development projects. In the words of the Living Wage NYC campaign, “Every year, New York City spends billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize economic development and create new jobs – funding everything from the Bronx Gateway Mall and Yankee Stadium, to the new Goldman Sachs building and the redevelopment of Coney Island. But too often, the jobs created with these public subsidies pay poverty wages with no benefits – whether it’s retail and stockroom jobs at shopping centers, mailroom and security guard jobs in office buildings, or food service jobs at stadiums. By contrast, other cities such as Pittsburgh and Los Angeles require fair wages on many of their subsidized projects.”

KARA Applauds City Council For Promoting Responsible Development In Vote To Reject Related's Plans for the Kingsbridge Armory

Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, Dec 14 2009
Council Votes Down Plans for Publicly Subsidized Development That Lacks Community Benefits

New York, NY - The Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today in applauding the New York City Council's decision to promote responsible development by rejecting the Bloomberg administration's plans for the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory because they did not include a binding Community Benefits Agreement with living wage jobs, first source local hiring, protection of the right of retail workers to join a union

The Bronx Needs a Raise, Not a Lump of Coal! Coalition Calls On City Council to Do the Right Thing

Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, Dec 10 2009
Vote Down Publicly Subsidized Development if Living Wage Jobs and Other Community Benefits are Not Included

Claims That Employers at the Kingsbridge Armory Can't Pay a Living Wage Don't Add Up

By Paul Sonn and Julian Gross
Huffington Post, Dec 8 2009

This week, the New York City Council will vote on whether to proceed with one of the most exciting development projects in the city - the Kingsbridge Armory, the giant castle in the northwest Bronx that has been vacant for years. The city has approved over $60 million in public subsidies for the developer, the Related Companies, and the community is eager to welcome a bustling shopping center to a neighborhood starved for commerce and good jobs.

The Mayor's Legacy Dilemma

By Stuart Appelbaum
Huffington Post, Dec 7 2009

Great political legacies are decided less by a leader's public policies than their response to crises. As he begins his third and final term, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the chance to address one of the greatest economic and job crisis in New York's history and, in doing so, decide his own place in City Hall history.

Take Action: Support Living Wage in Bronx, NY

Nov 22 2009
Action Alert from the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, Bronx, NY: Contact your City Council Member

The Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) is a coalition of community groups, congregations and unions seeking high-road, equitable development for the Kingsbridge Armory.* The alliance wants the taxpayer-subsidized redevelopment plan to meet the community’s needs for living wage union jobs, community space, recreation facilities and schools.

Build Bridge to Good Bronx Jobs: Future Kingsbridge Armory Workers Deserve a Living Wage

By Errol Louis
Daily News, Nov 19 2009
The pitched battle over how, when and whether to develop the Kingsbridge armory in the Bronx brings New York City to a crossroads.

Either we commit to fighting for jobs that pay a decent, living wage, or we watch an ever-larger section of our populace take a slow tumble into a life of working full-time for poverty pay.

Testimony to the New York Restaurant and Hotel Industry Wage Board

National Employment Law Project, Jun 3 2009
Excerpt: Strikingly, we found that the family poverty rate for waitresses and waiters is nearly three times the poverty rate for all workers... And while most waitresses and waiters are struggling, the economic picture is even worse for their front‐of‐thehouse colleagues like bussers and runners, as well as kitchen staff who do not receive tips. Tipped workers outside of food service, including delivery people, car wash workers, and personal services workers, like nail salon workers, generally earn even less...

Action Alert: Help Raise Minimum Wage for New York Tipped Workers

May 1 2009
Does your organization or your partners have tipped workers or advocates who are able to testify -- from around the state -- and tell the New York Restaurant and Hotel Industry Wage Board why they need a raise?

The current minimum wage for tipped workers in the food service industry in New York is $4.60 an hour.
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