Get on the Bus for OBAMA!
There are just 19 days until Election Day and we need your help to make sure voters get to the polls and GET OUT THE VOTE for President Obama.
The RWDSU is organizing trips from New York to the Keystone State to knock on doors with the AFL-CIO and UFCW. We’ll be headed down on October 27th and November 3rd, leaving from NYC in the morning and returning that evening. Transportation and lunch are free for volunteers.
This election is coming down to the wire, and that’s why passionate New Yorkers are heading over to talk with Pennsylvanians about the important choice they have in this election, and to ask them to support President Obama and other Democrats when they go to the polls on November 6th.
Reserve your seat here and tell a friend! More information on exact times and departure location will be provided upon confirming your attendance.
All are welcome—Bring your parents, spouse, siblings or friends.
Join us as we fight to deliver another four years to President Obama!
- 7 months ago
Workers Rally on Upcoming Day of Action July 24th
Low-wage workers, struggling to make ends meet in New York City, will rally together with community leaders and union organizers on July 24 for a “Day of Action.”
Labor heavyweights, including 32BJ Service Employees International Union and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), have embarked on aggressive efforts to organize workers at car washes, supermarkets and area airports.
United NY — a union-backed community group — is helping coordinate the afternoon event which starts with a press conference at Herald Square, followed by a march to Union Square and a rally.
“Increasing wages for low-wage workers is crucial for real recovery in New York,” said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum. “It makes economic sense that low-wage workers do better. Every penny they get they are going to spend.”
According to United NY, the average minimum-wage worker makes just $15,000 a year.
And those who work in the service industry often see their tips stolen by employers and bosses.
“We want to raise awareness that increasing the minimum wage makes a real difference in the lives of working people,” said Héctor Figueroa, the secretary-treasurer of 32BJ SEIU. “This is what labor unions should really be about.”
James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute used some stark statistics to paint a picture of low-wage New York.
The number of New Yorkers making less than $10 an hour jumped from 16.4% in 1990 to 18.5% in 2010.
But when you take into account the size of the city’s workforce, the number of workers making less than $10 an hour increased by 42%, Parrott said.
“It starts with raising the minimum wage but it doesn’t stop there,” said Figueroa. “People need to secure health insurance and retirement benefits.”
While higher-wage jobs have been disappearing, lower-wage jobs — such as retail positions and home health aides — are on the upswing.
Parrott said since mid-2008 — the start of the recession — low-wage sectors have added over 100,000 jobs.
On the other hand, middle-wage sectors (jobs where people make between $45,000 and $75,000 a year) lost a net of 42,000 jobs. Higher-wage sectors lost 11,000 jobs.
“People are really hurting in this city,” said Appelbaum. “People are going to work at honest jobs and they are still condemned to a life of poverty.”
“I think it’s significant that we are all coming together and saying the problem is so large the solution has to be one that deals with all low-wage workers,” he said. “And the best way to deal with that is union contracts.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/low-wage-workers-rally-day-action-article-1.1115641#ixzz20uM1g9Hd
- 10 months ago
Support the Con Ed workers in New York!
Today the New York State AFL-CIO is spreading the word that Kevin Burke, CEO of Con Edison, is locking out workers, cutting off healthcare for workers families and putting the public at risk during a heatwave with unskilled replacement workers. Sign the petition to support these workers: http://nysaflcio.org/conedlockout/
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- 11 months ago
Statement from RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum on Living Wage Veto Override
Below is the statement, as prepared for delivery, that Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW, will make at the living wage veto override press conference at City Hall at 11 a.m.
Good morning. I’m Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW.
It’s great to be here, with so many friends and allies, including Councilman Oliver Koppell and other members of the City Council.
We’ve come a long way together.
We have stuck together, fought together, and we have won together - despite the powerful challenges we have faced.
We have built a citywide movement, a powerful people’s movement, in which countless New Yorkers have said no to poverty-wage jobs and yes to living wage jobs.
We should all be incredibly proud of that. And I know that I’m personally so proud that my union, the RWDSU, has played a leading role in this fight from day one.
We stand together today to deliver a message to Mayor Bloomberg:
The will of the people will not be denied! Get ready for a veto override!
We stand together to claim an important victory for democracy.
By overriding Mayor Bloomberg’s veto, the City Council is siding with the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who want this legislation to move forward.
We stand together with the City Council in saying:
The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act will be implemented!
New Yorkers have made their voices heard: they want government to invest in more living wage jobs. There is broad and diverse agreement that investing in a higher-wage economy is good for business, good for working people, and good for our economy.
The living wage movement, the RWDSU, New Yorkers across the city – all of us - are committed to ensuring that working people no longer live in poverty. That’s our shared vision for the future, and this legislation can help us make it a reality.
- 11 months ago