Building A More Equal Economy

We will combat the growing income and wealth divide, which denies too many New Yorkers a fair chance. This means not just higher wages, but a true economic democracy, where workers have more choices and control. 

Key Campaign #2: Fair Work Week

Currently, many workers live paycheck to paycheck without any financial stability. Workers across all sectors - in particular, low-wage workers in fast-food and retail sectors - should have the right to stable schedules and a pathway to full-time hours. Similar legislation passed in Seattle has proven to be beneficial for both employees and businesses, helping to retain workers and lower the cost of turnover. The legislation includes: 

  • Advance Scheduling for Fast-Food Workers - Give fast-food workers a 14-day notice of their schedules and "predictability pay" for last-minute shift changes.
  • Ban "On-Call" Scheduling - Employees in the retail industry must not be required to set aside time or call in hours before possible work without the assurance of additional pay.
  • Restrict "Clopenings" - Restrict the practice of forcing fast-food employees to close in the evening and open the next morning within a matter of Horus. 
  • Access to Hours for Fast-Food Workers - Require fast-food employees to offer additional hours to existing employees before hiring new employees.
  • A Right to Request a Flexible Schedule - Ensure all workers have the right to request a flexible work schedule, and require employers to grant that flexibility in certain emergency situations. 
  • Deductions to Non-Profits for Fast-Food Workers - Enable fast-food workers to voluntarily deduct contributions from their paychecks to nonprofit organizations to help them advocate for their rights. 

Key Campaign #3: Economic Democracy through Worker Coops & Day Labor Centers 

In a time of rising inequality and disillusionment, we must empower workers to exercise agency over their own labor through worker cooperatives and day laborer centers. Worker cooperatives transform employees into owner-operators, putting them directly in control of their economic future. Day laborer centers give a particularly vulnerable class of immigrants the resources and support structure they need to fight back against wage theft and workforce hazards, and create the conditions for economic advancement. We support forward-thinking initiatives that offer low-income and immigrant workers greater control over employment conditions and the fruits of their labor through the expansion of workers cooperatives and day laborers centers: 

  • Worker Cooperatives - The Worker Cooperatives Business Development Initiative must be fully funded to support creating new and expanding existing worker cooperatives.
  • Day Laborer Centers for All Five Boroughs: ay Laborers Centers must be expanded across the five boroughs to provide job placement and workforce development services to vulnerable immigrant workers.  

Key Campaign #4: Living Wage 3.0 

New York City's "living wage" law needs an update so that the working conditions for thens of thousands of workers can be improved. Updating NYC's living wage laws would help to counteract the neglect of workers' rights likely to occur under Trump's Department of Labor by protecting workers at the local level. We support policies that: 

  • Raise the Living Wage with Cost of Living Adjustments - When the City provides a company with a contract, subsidy, or tax break, the company should have to pay living wage that can support a family, adjusted yearly with a cost-of-living allowance (COLAs). 
  • Codify and Expand Labor Peace Agreements - Where the City is providing a contract, subsidy, or tax break, workers must be free to organize and collectively bargain through mandated "Labor Peace Agreements." This right should be codified into law for retail sector workers and expanded beyond retail for all workers covered by living wage laws. 
  • Extend Living Wage Requirements to Human Service Contractors - Human service employees under City contracts should be paid a living wage that can support a family.
  • Provide Sufficient Funding to Non-Profit Service Providers - The City and State must give adequate funding to non-profit human service contractors to pay a living wage (with COLA) and allocate sufficient overhead to help sustain organizations admits rising costs.  

Key Campaign #5: Eliminate the Municipal Gender pay gay 

the gender pay gap among municipal employees is 18 cents on the dollar - making it three times larger than the private sector pay gap in New York City. To address this issue, we must eliminate discrimination in hiring, help increase the value of women's work, and support equitable career advancement: 

  • Eliminate Discrimination in Hiring - Require that all city agencies develop strategies to eliminate gender disparities in hiring, including directed efforts to women of color. 
  • Value Women's Work - Restructure human service contracts to extend and go beyond the living wage for caregivers and ensure that work done in traditionally female sectors is valued and compensated on a comparable level to traditionally male sectors. 
  • Prohibit Inquires About Past Salary History - Codify the Mayor's Executive Order prohibiting City agencies from inquiring about a prospective employee's salary history during all stages of the employment process and extend this prohibition to all employers. 

Expand Human Services to Serve Every New Yorker In Need

During this time of increased need due to federal cuts, we support the expansion of human service contracts to strengthen the not-for-profit human services sector's ability to improve the lives of New Yorkers in need.