New York State was home to some of the hardest COVID-hit areas anywhere in the country, where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who lost their jobs or income did not receive a penny in unemployment insurance or stimulus payments.

Thanks to the support of legislators across New York State, this year’s budget establishes a historic victory: a first-of-its-kind $2.1 billion fund that will finally deliver relief to workers who had been excluded from federal and state support for a year.

Join us in thanking your legislators for ensuring the Excluded Workers Fund was passed!

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As COVID-19 spreads, Amazon is again failing to protect our health – as workers, neighbors, customers – by failing to offer every person who works there 100% paid leave to stay home if they need to, and by failing to tell us what their plans are if COVID-19 disrupts their operations. Current research suggests that COVID-19 can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic for up to three days. As a trillion-dollar corporation, owned by the richest person on the planet, Amazon can and should put public health before their own profits and market share. It’s dangerous and wrong that Amazon hasn’t made it easier for people to stay home nor told us – workers, customers, small-business sellers, and neighbors – what to expect if Amazon workers or facilities are exposed to COVID-19. We deserve better – join us in telling CEO Jeff Bezos what Amazon must do right now.

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In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections against sexual harassment and pay discrimination, and groundbreaking new rights for farmworkers and domestic workers.

But lawbreaking corporations who tried to block our progress haven’t given up. These companies have found a way to thwart the laws they don’t like: by forcing New Yorkers to sign arbitration clauses. Over half of New Yorkers have unwillingly signed away our rights to go before a judge or jury when companies break the law. And because the Department of Labor is too underfunded and weak to address all violations, companies are free to exploit their workers without consequences. As a result of New York’s enforcement crisis, companies steal almost $3 billion from hardworking New Yorkers every year, in the form of wage theft.

Support the Empowering People in Rights Enforcement Act and restore accountability for lawbreaking corporations.

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