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December 6, 2012: Rally For Economic Fairness

    What:

  • Rally For Economic Fairness
  • When:

  • Dec 6 5PM
  • Where:

  • Times Square - 42nd Street & 7th Avenue Manhattan

Fast Food Workers Join with Thousands from Retail, Car Washes, and Airports to Demand Good Jobs, Higher Wages and a Fair Deal on the “Fiscal Cliff” — On heels of fast food strike, low-wage workers and activists unite to take campaign for economic fairness to New York City’s commercial districts during holiday shopping season.

WHAT: Press conference, march, rally and protest actions at low-wage employer
locations and Penn Station

WHO: Workers from fast food restaurants, airport contractors, carwashes, supermarkets and other sectors; New York Communities for Change; Make the Road NY; La Fuente; NYC Central Labor Council; Strong Economy for All Coalition; 32BJ SEIU; UnitedNY; RWDSU; progressive activists including MoveOn.org

WHEN: Thursday, December 6 at 5 PM

WHERE: 42nd Street and 7th Ave., NYC

Since the financial crisis, low-wage work has accounted for all net new jobs in New York City and New York State. While the corporations that employ these workers have recovered from downturn and are now earning massive profits, they continue to pay their workers low wages without benefits, often exploiting their workers through wage theft and workplace abuses.

Workers have begun to fight back, with fast food workers being the latest to join airport, car wash and supermarket workers in organizing for better pay and respect on the job within New York City. Workers and their allies realize that in order to get the economy working again, the focus must be on putting money into the pockets of hard-working men and women in our city through fair wages and the creation of good jobs, funded in part by a fair deal on the “fiscal cliff.”

As working families struggle to survive, some members of Congress have prioritized cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and are threatening to take the country over the fiscal cliff to keep the wealthiest 2% of Americans from paying their fair share. Labor, community, student, faith and progress groups are united to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, protect the safety net and invest in jobs and broader prosperity.