99 Pickets

NYC Worker Solidarity

Support City Workers! Full Retro Pay!

2/03/2014

(read and sign the full petition here:  http://chn.ge/1cFeQTo)

For most of the past five years, the city of New York’s workforce has been losing ground. Starting in 2009, Mayor Bloomberg refused to negotiate new contracts for all city workers, effectively establishing a wage freeze while the cost of living in NYC continues to rise. Just over a year ago, city workers brought this city back from Superstorm Sandy. We [the municipal workforce of New York City] keep this city running every day.  We’re working harder and harder for less and less.  Not all New Yorkers have had to make such sacrifices. Since the massive financial crisis in 2008, and subsequent multi-trillion dollar federal bailout, Wall Street has made billions in profits – $24 billion in 2012 alone. Likewise, New York’s real-estate industry continues to boom, greased with hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks. If we simply made the 1% pay their fair share, we would be able to fund city worker’s contract demands and restore Bloomberg-era funding cuts to much needed city services.

We Demand:
  • Mayor De Blasio negotiate full retroactive raises for all city workers and grant raises in line with the increased cost of living in New York City.
  • The Municipal Labor Committee, the coalition of unions representing municipal workers, take a unified position and make these demand to Mayor De Blasio during negotiations.

Here are three things you can do to help get more signatures and increase the pressure on the Municipal Labor Committee to negotiate decent pay raises!

1. Use this link to sign the petition and send messages to your contacts and friends about it. http://chn.ge/1cFeQTo

2. Print the paper petition out and gather signatures at your workplace tinyurl.com/FullRetroPetition

3. Like the Facebook page and spread the word to your coworkers, friends, and family: tinyurl.com/FullRetro