WE FOUGHT FOR $15 AND WON!

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Two and a half years ago, 200 people who worked at fast-food restaurants in New York took a chance and went out on strike. By demanding a living wage of $15 and hour, they inspired a movement that has spread across the country and around the world.

Now, because of the bravery of these workers and the support of allies like you, fast-food employees in New York just won a $15 an hour minimum wage!! Big thanks to all of our faith, community and labor allies who waited 5 hours to deliver testimony at the Long Island wage board hearing. Your powerful messages were all recorded and considered, and weighed heavily on the success of this historical decision!

Will you chip in $15 today to make sure we can continue our work to ensure better wages and better lives across Long Island?

This wage raise will change the lives of nearly 25,000 fast food workers on Long Island, and more than 180,000 people across New York!

We know that profitable corporations like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s can provide the quality jobs that working Americans need to thrive, but they would rather invest in government lobbyists to keep wages low than pay their workers higher wages. THIS STOPS NOW!

We proved that we can win, but only by speaking up together and standing for fair wages, decent and predictable hours, paid sick leave and the right to negotiate with your boss.

We need your help to continue the momentum to ensure more working families have what they need to survive. Retail workers, nurses, airport workers, adjunct professors, and many more, have continued with the call for $15 and a union! Just yesterday, the power of over 1,000 airport workers at LaGuardia and JFK airports helped secure an agreement between Aviation Safeguards and 32BJ SEIU. The movement is strong and growing! 

Can we count on your to stick with Long Island Jobs with Justice as we continue to fight for $15 for ALL workers? Donate $15 today to sustain the movement for workers’ rights!

P.S. Don’t forget to check us out in The Nation here and Al Jazeera here!

2015 Reception and Awards Dinner – put it on your calendar!

Join us on Tuesday, August 4th in celebrating leaders who have been instrumental in building a movement for workers’ rights and economic justice on Long Island at our 2015 Reception and Awards Dinner!

This year’s honorees will be:

Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk

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Legislator Jay Schneiderman – Suffolk County Legislator

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Rev. Dennis Walker – Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Commack

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Long Island Bus Riders’ Union

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Tickets are $105. We have discounted tickets available for those who need them – please inquire with Anita (ahalasz.lijwj@gmail.com // 631-348-1170 ext. 304).

RSVP HERE TODAY: Reception Response Form
If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please still visit the response form

If you would like to become an event sponsor, or purchase an ad, please contact Anita @ ahalasz.lijwj@gmail.com or 631-348-1170 ext. 304

We look forward to celebrating with you!
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Rally Against Backdoor Trade Deals! // Protect People Not Profits!

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Most of what we eat, drink, wear, drive, and watch is the product of companies that are global in their operations. Their power over our lives, our planet, and our democratic institutions has never been greater, and with Congress’ current attempt to ram through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by way of Fast-Track legislation, corporate-led pursuits of globalization are more imminent than ever before.

Fast-Track would diminish the ability of Congress to amend harmful trade agreements, like TPP, and would enhance the ability of coporations to move their products, money, and factories around the globe more quickly and with less regulations. Again and again we have been promised that these trade agreements “create jobs” and grow the economy, but history tells us otherwise:

Since the 1994 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

  • NAFTA was said to increase high-quality U.S. jobs through expanding exports. The opposite occured: Imports from NAFTA partners grew faster than U.S. exports and some 700,000 U.S. jobs were lost as production moved to Mexico
  • Heavily subsidized U.S. corn, and other staples, that poured into Mexico displaced an estimated two million small farmers

TPP is like NAFTA on steroids!

We cannot allow another job-killing trade deal to pass! JOIN US on April 1st at 4:30pm at Congressman Zeldin’s district office (31 Oak Street, Patchogue) as we rally against the TPP and Fast-Track and say NO to coporate profits and YES to protecting working people!

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Advocates Urge New York State to Pay Their Share Too!

This morning Long Island Jobs with Justice and the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union were joined by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, TWU 252, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) and other transportation advocates in a call for New York State to increase it’s contribution to non-MTA transit systems all across the state, especially on Long Island. Non-MTA transit systems, both up-and-down state, will once again see little or no additional state assistance if the proposed budget goes through; due to rising operations costs, pensions and healthcare Long Island buses cannot survive at the current state funding levels, we NEED more funding!

A big “thank you” to everyone who came out today!
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BREAKING NEWS: Walmart announces it will raise wages!

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Friends,

Today is a big day for Walmart workers! Walmart, the largest employer in the world, made an announcement that they plan to raise the baseline wage for current employees to $10/hour. This wage increase will impact nearly 40% of Walmart workers in the US, or an estimated 500,000 Walmart workers!

This is not only a HUGE victory for Walmart workers and their allies, but also for the retail industry and the labor movement as a whole. Today, we celebrate the effectiveness of our organizing and lift up the strength and energy of all Walmart Associates who risked their jobs by striking and demonstrating.

This is what worker power looks like!

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The fight must go on though. This announcement still falls short of what US workers need to support their families, and we will continue to call for $15 an hour and respect on the job! Will you join us in this fight?

In Solidarity!

NYS DREAM Act One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality!

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Friends,

After years of fighting for the passage of the New York State DREAM Act, yesterday we came one step closer to victory. In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo finally called for its passage! This is definitely a positive first step to making DREAM legislation a reality for thousands of hardworking undocumented youth in New York; however, we remain wary of its packaging with the Education Tax Credit bill that can divert millions from public education.

This announcement came days after our rally at the Governor’s office in Hicksville.

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We believe the DREAM Act will have a tremendous impact on Long Island’s immigrant families and the educators who have worked tirelessly to ensure that all opportunities, despite their limitations, are available to their undocumented students. And, when thinking about the long-term economic impact, Peggy, a retired Long Island teacher, said it perfectly: “Allowing our NY State Dreamers who are full of courage, creativity and intellect to access funding for higher education is a way of insuring the future of NY State.”

We would like to commend all of the Dreamers, workers, faith leaders, educators, and allies who came together to push for the inclusion of the NY DREAM Act into the the state budget. Thank you for coming to marches, organizing, calling in, providing meeting spaces, and otherwise showing support.

In order to keep growing our movement, we must continue to stand for education and dignity for all our young people!!

Onward!

 

HUGE VICTORY FOR LONG ISLAND BUS RIDERS!

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Members of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union celebrate a HUGE VICTORY after presenting a list of rider demands to Nassau County and NICE Bus in early September. A bus rider will be added to the Transit Advisory Committee, which oversees the NICE bus system, adding a level of representation that was not there before. This gives bus riders the opportunity to advocate for the kind of service THEY need!

Additionally, after countless efforts to get the County to invest more in public transportation, they have bumped up their contribution by $2M! While the operational needs of the bus system are well over the $4.6M that is in the 2015 budget, this is another victory for bus riders across Nassau County!

THE RIDERS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

Check out today’s Newsday article:

NICE bus gets $2M bump in 2015 Nassau budget

Updated October 30, 2014 8:40 PM
By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO  alfonso.castillo@newsday.com

A bipartisan agreement by Nassau lawmakers will boost the county’s subsidy to its bus system by $2 million, freeze fares for some customers in 2015, and give NICE riders more say on issues that affect them.

The plan, included in Nassau’s newly adopted 2015 budget, increases the county’s subsidy to the Nassau Inter-County Express to $4.6 million from the previous $2.6 million. It promises to hold a ride to $2.50 for customers who pay in cash or with NICE’s mobile application, and will add four new members to the county’s Bus Transit Committee, which governs NICE.

The four new members will include two appointed by County Executive Edward Mangano, one by the Republican majority, and one by the Democratic minority. Democratic lawmakers said they plan to make their pick a riders’ representative, chosen in conjunction with the nonprofit Long Island Bus Riders Union.

“NICE Bus continues to save taxpayers millions of dollars while protecting riders from a fare hike or service cut,” Mangano said in a statement Thursday.

But the new county budget was not all good news for riders. Even with the increased subsidy, NICE still runs a deficit of about $6 million, according to figures in Mangano’s originally proposed executive budget. And Nassau’s vow to not raise fares outside of any hikes on the MTA-controlled MetroCard removes one of the county’s options to help fill the deficit.

Officials with Veolia Transportation, NICE’s parent, declined to comment Thursday.

Long Island Bus Riders Union spokeswoman Anita Halasz said she fears that, without further government subsidies, Veolia may be forced to cut service to fill a budget gap, as it has before.

“Can we not come up with a better plan?” Halasz said. “We need to be prioritizing public transportation.”

Halasz added that she was grateful that riders will soon be able to voice their concerns on the county Bus Transit Committee, even if that voice may be “diluted” by the addition of three additional Republican appointees. In total, seven of the panel’s nine members will be appointed by Mangano or the GOP majority.

“I think no rider representation is worse than some rider representation,” Halasz said. “For us, this is a victory.”