“As Amazon gets richer, workers are waiting for protections they needed yesterday, and the state has an important role to play. Gov. Hochul can demonstrate her leadership and prove that she will fight for working people. The first step is signing the Warehouse Worker Protection Act.”
The legislature passed a law allowing workers to place a lien on owners’ personal property to prevent them from absconding with cash and starting fresh without making court-mandated payments to workers. It awaits Gov. Cuomo’s signature.
‘I benefited from living in affordable housing, but affordable housing alone was not enough to change my life, I also needed a good job.’
‘The City Council’s work on Intro 1321, while well intentioned, may very well cripple efforts to create deeply affordable housing in New York City.’
A package of Council bills would mandate more workplace testing, but an administration official says that’s not the best way to detect a subtle form of bias that often intersects with other types of discrimination.
‘With no real pathway from job training to work, it’s no surprise that so few new construction and development hires were made through HireNYC.’
HireNYC gets a lot of hype from the de Blasio administration, but four years in, 80 percent of applications through the initiative are listed as ‘pending.’
The mayor’s housing plan will generate more than 1,800 new jobs for porters, maintenance workers, superintendents and other building service workers—which could provide life-changing opportunities, if they come with good wages and benefits.
Big Tech can succeed here, but only if its presence benefits all New Yorkers.
State regulations force workers to accept dire wages, and it’s time for the state to take responsibility for covering these costs and rectifying a system it has neglected for decades.