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FYI: A coalition of labor organizations is calling on the city to develop a $1.1 billion job creation program, funded from the pool of federal money the city received for rebuilding lower Manhattan after 9/11. The groups, the New York City Central Labor Council and the Labor Community Advocacy Network to Rebuild New York City, published their proposal yesterday, stressing that even as the city builds infrastructure for long term recovery and growth, it needs to give immediate relief to the tens of thousands of people currently unemployed. The proposal says the city could create 25,000 public works jobs such as school construction, making public space accessible to wheelchairs, fixing up parks, and teaching English as a second language courses. In addition, the groups propose that the city offer wage subsidies to private sector jobs in the industries most impacted by the attacks. [3/14/03]

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