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Action Alert: Justice for Job Seekers Thunderclap

img8On June 10th, the New York State Assembly passed the Justice for Job Seekers Bill, A3702.  NICE  and our fellow coalition members have worked hard on this campaign over the last year, and we are thrilled to have the support of the Assembly. Now we must turn our focus to the passage of J4JS, or S3415, in the Senate. We are hopeful that the Senate will pass the bill, but we need your support to make it happen!

Justice for Job Seekers campaign members are urging affected community members, allies, and friends and family to join a Thunderclap by following this link and clicking “Support with Twitter,” and then “Support with Facebook.” With a least 100 supporters donating their status, a message will post on Tuesday, June 16 at noon urging New York State Legislators to pass the Justice for Job Seekers bill, S3415.

A Thunderclap is a twitter campaign that sends an automated, pre-written tweet at a scheduled time from each supporter’s Twitter account. Every tweet counts and brings us one step closer to ensuring job seekers are better protected and empowered when using an employment agency to search for work.

Action Alert: Call Your Council Member in support of the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative

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The New York City Council is currently deliberating on the New York City budget for the upcoming fiscal year. To get the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative (DLWI) on the City Council budget, we need your help! We urge you to call your council member in support of the DLWI.

Follow this link to find your council member.

Here is an example of what you can say:

“Good Morning/Good Afternoon,

My name is _________, and I live in __(Borough Name)__. I am calling to ask you to support the allocation of $365,000 in the City Council’s FY16 budget for the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative. The Day Laborer Workforce Initiative will help to expand four day laborer centers in New York City, connecting more day laborers to critical services and jobs.

There are over 10,000 day laborers in New York City. Day laborers are subject to rampant wage theft and workplace hazards. Day Laborer Centers provide workers with a safe space to congregate, access to good jobs, financial literacy trainings, workforce development opportunities, wage theft and Know Your Rights clinics, and other critical services.

Thank you, and have a good day!”

Our hope is to flood council members’ offices with phone calls so that they are aware of the important work that day laborers do in the city and the support that they need. Each call brings the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative one step closer to receiving funding through the City budget. Thank you for making a call!

City Council Budget Hearing

On Tuesday, June 9, representatives of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Staten Island Community Job Center, and Workers’ Justice Project gave public testimony before the New York City Council Finance Committee and urged the Council members to support the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative (DLWI) while deciding on the City budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The DLWI recommends that the City budget allot $365,000 for the expansion of the four existing day laborer centers in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island into all five boroughs of New York City.

Because day laborers currently congregate on day laborer corners, they often fall victim to wage theft and are exposed to workplace hazards. The DLWI day laborer centers would provide a dignified, physical space for day laborers to gather, as well as job placement services, wage theft legal clinics, Know Your Rights trainings, workforce development opportunities, and referral to critical services to the 10,000 day laborers in New York City. These services will significantly decrease the risk of wage theft and of workplace accidents for day laborers.

The City Council appeared enthusiastic about the DLWI, and we are hopeful that they will fund day laborer centers for the next fiscal year!