NY Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito today introduced a bill that would
guarantee good wages, health care and other benefits to building service
workers who work at new, city-subsidized developments and newly-leased city
Members Fernando Cabrera (Bronx), Julissa Ferraras (Queens) and Brad Lander (
hearings and passage of the bill.
New Yorkers are working hard but struggling to get by, said Council Member
Mark-Viverito. The City Council must ensure that tax dollars dont fuel the
cycle that keeps working families in poverty. This legislation seeks to tie
city subsidies to good, quality jobs that will help
would ensure these jobs, created with the help of city tax-dollars, provide the
same wages and benefits as other building service jobs in
policy focused on creating good jobs, tax-dollars can be used to create jobs
for office cleaners, residential building workers and security officers that
pay as little as minimum wage.
reason why workers at city-funded sites should get paid less than workers at
other buildings, said Mike Fishman, President of 32BJthe union representing
70,000 building service workers in
of creating poverty jobs.
past few years, the City has approved large-scale re-development plans that
will transform neighborhoods without always guaranteeing the new jobs created
will allow local workers to support their families. In
Queens, one of the citys largest redevelopment projects, hundreds of jobs,
including more than 300 building service jobs, are expected to be created
without any guarantees for the types of wages and benefits they will provide.
city-wide policy, we miss opportunities to create good jobs for New Yorkers,
said Fishman. We shouldnt be subsidizing developments that leave working
families in the cold.
take concrete steps to eliminate the governments role in promoting poverty,
said Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Bronx District. We can create good jobs and
develop communities at the same time.
Minimum wage jobs pay less than the
minimum required to support a family in
the City Council should do everything it can to bring good jobs to the City.
of New Yorkers working but still living in poverty has been on the rise a 75
percent increase between 1990 and 2005.Until recently, some of these workers were City-contracted security
officers who were earning just above the minimum wage and had no access to
affordable health care. A new union contract and an increase in the prevailing
wage have helped bring many of these workers, whose wages are indirectly paid
by city tax dollars through contractors, out of poverty.
hard to help keep the City running, said Benita Mays, single-mother and
security officer at the
governments adopt prevailing wage requirements, they help enforce the rates
established in the private-sector and fight poverty at the same time, said
Paul Sonn, NELP Legal Co-Director. This bill is a win for working New Yorkers
and for business.
than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in
in the country.