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February 24, 2014

2014.02.24: FW: FORUM: How to Organize for Fair Retroactive Raises for City Workers – Thursday 3/6 @ 6pm

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 10:46 pm
From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:46 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FW: FORUM: How to Organize for Fair Retroactive Raises for City Workers – Thursday 3/6 @ 6pm

Very important forum happening next week on fighting for retro-active wages for city workers. The NYS Nurse’s Association  has (in collaboration w/ 1199) lead some dramatic, and so far successful, fights to stop the closing of LICH and Interfaith Hospitals.  MORE is the social justice caucus of the UFT, which has been fighting school closures and punitive high stakes testing, among other things.   In my opinion, these are some of the folks leading the way forward toward a more social conscious, democratic and stronger NYC labor movement. 

Folks can disagree with the demand for full retroactivity, but I think it’s unfair to call workers “greedy”for demanding fair compensation for years without raises.  Wall Street and NY’s booming real estate industry are the ones living off government bail outs and millions in tax breaks.   

Please forward far and wide & RSVP on FB.  Flyer Attached as PDF.
FORUM: 
Fair pay for city workers!
Join rank and file city employees for a discussion about how we can fight for the retroactive pay raises that municipal workers are owed.
6:00 PM
Thursday, March 6
NYSNA Offices 
131 w. 33rd St, 4th fl.
 
Speakers include: 

  • Jacqueline Gilbert, RN, New York Nurses Association
  • Marcus McArthur, Movement of Rank and File Educators, UFT*
  • Tony Lackhan, Local 1549*, DC37*

Over 1,000 city workers have signed a letter, published in the Chief-Leader newspaper, demanding that our unions prioritize retroactive pay.

Bring your coworkers and ideas about to organize to keep the pressure on the Municipal Labor Committee and other labor leaders!  There will be a full discussion about how to spread the word inour workplaces.

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NYC municipal workers have been working under worse conditions and for less pay than at any time since the recession of the 1970s. 

Still, each and every day, we keep the city running. The deadly Superstorm Sandy showed the world, once again, the heroism of our nurses, firefighters, sanitation, transit, and other city workers, who saved the stranded and worked tirelessly to get the city back on its feet.

New York City today is a tale of two cities.  If mayor-elect de Blasio genuinely wants to tackle income inequality, we urge him to start at the bargaining table with city workers.  

Fairness, and good economic sense, demand full retroactive pay raises and full cost of living adjustments for all New York City municipal workers.  

*Organization listed for identification purposes only.
Sponsored by NYSNA, MORE, ACS Coalition of Union Members, 99 Pickets

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