Tenants Speak Out vs. Eviction by Slumlord,  Urge Mayor to Take Steps to Prevent Further Displacement in  Chinatown/LES

Tenants Speak Out vs. Eviction by Slumlord, Urge Mayor to Take Steps to Prevent Further Displacement in Chinatown/LES

On May 18, 27 families of 83 and 85 Bowery protested with dozens of other residents, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side, the office of Public Advocate Leticia James and District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar to condemn their slumlord Joseph Betesh, owner of the Dr. Jay’s hip hop clothing chain store. Since Betesh took ownership of their buildings in 2013, he has deliberately refused to do repairs and renew leases, in an effort to drive these low-income families out of their homes.Continue Reading

Lower East Side Stands Up Against Displacement, Demands Mayor de Blasio take Action

Over the past month, hundreds of residents in the Lower East Side and Chinatown have taken to the streets to send a message to Mayor de Blasio: Stop the displacement along the Lower East Side and Chinatown. On April 28, over 200 residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown came out to protest againstContinue Reading

Nail Salon, Restaurant, Day Laborer Workers and Advocates Urge Cuomo To Do More for Enforcement

Nail Salon, Restaurant, Day Laborer Workers and Advocates Urge Cuomo To Do More for Enforcement

Yesterday NMASS members were joined by other Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase partners to hold a press conference to acknowledge Gov. Cuomo’s recent recognition that the lack of labor law enforcement is a problem and to urge him to do more. For almost two years, the Coalition has been highlighting the problems ofContinue Reading

New York Times: When It Comes to Wage Abuses, It’s Not Just Nail Salons

by Jim Dwyer for the New York Times: “…As of the end of 2013, at least $125 million in unpaid judgments and orders for wage reimbursements had piled up over the previous 10 years, according to a study released in March, “Empty Judgments: The Wage Collection Crisis in New York.” The laws are clear on minimumContinue Reading

NYC Council & Leticia James Resolve to Stop Wage Theft!

NYC Council & Leticia James Resolve to Stop Wage Theft!

The organizing work of NMASS and the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign inspired the Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to introduce a resolution approved by the City Council to support the SWEAT (SecuringWages Earned Against Theft) that we helped to realize. This bill will help stop wage theft by making theContinue Reading

Tues, 4/28, 11am: LES and Chinatown Rally to STOP Extell’s Racist Luxury Development

The Extell tower is being built on a former publicly-owned lot (the Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area) that housed a Pathmark on 227 Cherry St., the only affordable supermarket serving the surrounding low-income community. Since the Pathmark was closed in 2012, residents have struggled to find quality affordable groceries. Furthermore, the Extell tower will beContinue Reading

Workers to City Council: Support State Bill to Stop Crime Wave Against Workers

On April 20, 2015, the NYC Council Committee on Women’s Issues and Committee on Civil Service and Labor  held a hearing on Resolution 0612-2015. The Resolution calls on the NYS Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, Assembly Bill No. 5501, which will strengthen New York’s labor laws so that workers can actually collectContinue Reading

Extell’s Racist Development Would Make LES Home to the 1%

Extell’s Racist Development Would Make LES Home to the 1%

Extell Development Corp. plans to build a 72-story, ultra-luxury tower where Pathmark once stood. The Lower East Side needs more low-income housing and affordable services, not luxury housing or hotels.We call on everyone to join and help to organize the community. This racist skyscraper on our waterfront should not be built. We also ask you to supportContinue Reading

Workers, Advocates Announce SWEAT Report in Albany

Workers, Advocates Announce SWEAT Report in Albany

Almost 50 members of the SWEAT (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) Coalition traveled to Albany last week to announce the release of a report on wage theft and to expose how the legal system helps employers avoid responsibility for that crime. They were joined by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal who announced  a new bill toContinue Reading

Rally, 3/8: Women Workers Reclaim International Working Women’s Day

Rally, 3/8: Women Workers Reclaim International Working Women’s Day

Sunday, 3/8: Women Workers and Families Reclaim International Working Women’s Day; Demand End to Mandatory Overtime With Public Call: “Shame on Costco Management!”Continue Reading

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