When you think about the holiday shopping season, what comes to mind first? Is it the music and decorations? The exchange of gifts with family and friends? The enticing sales?
At Long Island Jobs With Justice, we know that the holidays wouldn’t be possible without the women and men who work in retail stores and food service across Long Island, stocking shelves, checking out your must-have items, and delivering and serving food. Yet the CEOs of profitable companies, both large and small, like Walmart and Best Market, want us to forget about the workers.
Giving Tuesday was started as an alternative to the consumerist craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when corporations spend millions of dollars to convince you to buy your holiday gifts from them. For us, it’s a time to think about the people whose work makes the holiday season possible and support their calls for fair wages, stable work hours and jobs that sustain families.
We’ve had victories this year – but can’t continue to do this work alone. In our current climate of fear and uncertainty, where working people are witnessing cuts to their public transportation, threats to their employment because of immigration status, and where the incoming President is claiming that “wages are too high,” your unwavering support is essential to help us beat back greedy corporations, win more victories with and for Long Island’s working families, and collectively work towards building an economy that works for everyone.
Thank you for your support!
Long Island Jobs with Justice Organizing Team