99%CALLS ‘FOUL’ OVER VERIZON’S FAILURE TO PAY FAIR SHARE OF TAXES
January 26, 2011
New York, NY – UnitedNY today joined with Make the Road New York, Strong Economy for All, New York Communities for Change, Vocal New York, CWA, 99%NY, and other members of the 99% to call attention to Verizon Communications’ failure to pay its fair share of taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The event was held at Verizon Headquarters in Manhattan.
Swaps Report to Outline Ways The MTA Could Save Taxpayer Dollars
January 12, 2012
New York, NY – UnitedNY will join today with members of Occupy Wall Street to protest the MTA’s use of interest rate swap deals, and the hundreds of millions of extra dollars that New York public entities and taxpayers are being required to pay each year as a result of these bad bank deals.
UNITEDNY: RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, WORKERS AND BUSINESSES
January 5, 2012
New York, NY – Camille Rivera, executive director of UnitedNY, today released the following statement regarding the organization’s support of an increase in the State minimum wage:
New Report: While Banks Make Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Taxpayers Left Holding the Bill in Interest Rate Swaps
December 15, 2011
New York, NY - A new report released by UnitedNY, the Center for Working Families, and the Strong Economy for All Coalition shows that while the bailed-out banks make hundreds of billions of dollars off of interest rate swaps, taxpayers get left holding the bill and government and other public entities, like the MTA, are forced to make layoffs and reduce services. The coalition of labor and community groups called on the MTA to work to renegotiate or push for the cancellation of these deals to help prevent future layoffs and service cuts.
COMMUNITY GROUPS: NOW IS THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO FOCUS ON JOB CREATION
November 21, 2011
New York, NY – In light of the Federal Super Committee’s failure to reach a consensus on how to address the nation’s debt, local community groups including UnitedNY, Strong Economy for All and the Working Families Party released the following statement:
Community Groups Rally at Times Square Hershey’s Store to Protest Student Guestworkers Being Tricked into Packaging Treats
October 31, 2011
New York, NY – This Halloween, community members and groups including UnitedNY and the National Guestworker Alliance gathered at the Hershey’s Times Square store at Noon to call upon the Hershey Company to refund $3,000 to $6,000 each paid by international student guestworkers. The students signed up for a cultural exchange program, but instead found themselves packaging candy at the Hershey Company’s Pennsylvania plant.
COMMUNITY GROUPS TO TURNER: IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR JOB, YOU NEED TO SUPPORT JOB CREATION FOR UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS
October 19, 2011
Brooklyn, NY – Local residents tonight joined with community organizations including UnitedNY, Make the Road New York, and New York Communities for Change, to attend a Brooklyn town hall meeting, where Congressman Bob Turner gathered with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New York City Department to address local residents.
The math of the un-moving millionaires
October 18, 2011
Four hundred thirty-six thousand dollars. That’s what JP Morgan Chase CEO and multi-millionaire Jamie Dimon, and others like him stand to receive when New York State’s millionaire’s tax expires on December 31. You read that correctly – a man who already makes over $20 million in compensation per year is getting a tax refund of nearly $500,000.
Service Providers Hold “Austerity Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Thank Wealthy New Yorkers Who Support a Millionaire’s Tax
October 12, 2011
New York – Spending cuts to critical services cannot continue to be the only solution for balancing government budgets. That’s the message of the 99 New York coalition, a group of service advocates, community groups, and unions that will hold an “Austerity Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tomorrow, as part of a week of events to build public awareness of revenue alternatives to government spending cuts. The Austerity Breakfast was organized by the Human Services Council (HSC) to thank wealthy New Yorkers who are willing to give up tax breaks to pay for services to those in need.
Local residents and community groups gather near 181st street bridge in support of president’s jobs plan
October 10, 2011
New York, NY – A group of community members and organizations including UnitedNY, La Fuente, Make the Road New York, and New York Communities for Change gathered at the entrance of the 181st St. Bridge during the evening rush hour to call upon New York’s legislators to support President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday. The group will gathered in Manhattan at the corner of 181st St. and Amsterdam Ave., just before the entrance of the 181 St. Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Washington Heights.
Thousands Join Community-Labor March To Support #OWS and Lend Voice For Economic Change
October 5, 2011
New York — Thousands of New Yorkers today gathered and marched in strong support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, adding their voices to the growing demand that the government stop coddling the wealthy at the expense of the rest of America. The march, organized by the Strong Economy for All Coalition, United NY and the Working Families Party and supported by a host of community organizations and labor unions, kicked off just after 5pm at Foley Square before marching down Broadway to Zuccotti Park, culminating in a raucous rally in support of the Occupy protesters.
Unemployed Community Members Rally on Brooklyn Bridge in Support of President’s Jobs Plan
September 22, 2011
Brooklyn, NY – A group of unemployed community members and local advocates including UnitedNY, New York Communities for Change, and Make the Road New York gathered today on the Brooklyn Bridge to make the public safety case for Congress putting Americans back to work in New York, in part, by repairing structurally deficient bridges. The groups stood in solidarity with groups around the country in supporting President Obama’s speech on his jobs plan, scheduled for this afternoon during his visit to Cincinnati’s crumbling Brent Spence Bridge.
Community to Rally on Brooklyn Bridge to Highlight ‘Work That Needs Doing’
September 22, 2011
Brooklyn, NY– On Thursday, September 22 at Noon, local advocates, including UnitedNY, New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York will gather on the Brooklyn Bridge to make the public safety case for Congress putting Americans back to work in New York, in part, by repairing structurally deficient bridges. The groups will stand in solidarity with groups around the country in supporting President Obama as he speaks about his Jobs plan during a Thursday visit to Cincinnati’s crumbling Brent Spence Bridge.
Caregiver, NYU Students and Performers Conduct Mock Opening Ceremony for ‘Straus Institute for Worker Injustice’
September 8, 2011
New York, NY – On Thursday, September 8th at 11am, NYU students, nursing home caregivers and street theater performers will conduct a mock opening ceremony for the newly renamed ‘Straus Institute for Worker Injustice’ to humorously draw attention to the exploitative practices of the Care One and HealthBridge nursing home chains.
HERSHEY’S J-1 STUDENT WORKERS TO RALLY AT HERSHEY’S TIMES SQUARE STORE TO DEMAND THAT COMPANY BREAK ITS WALL OF SILENCE
August 30, 2011
New York, NY – A group of 30 student workers who walked off their jobs at the Hershey packing plant on Aug. 17 will hold a rally at Hershey’s Times Square store on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. to demand:
Community Gathers to Protest Maramont Corporation’s Decision to Move Operations and City Contract Dollars to PA
August 24, 2011
Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn residents and community groups gathered and demonstrated today to protest Maramont Corporation’s decision to close its Sunset Park, Brooklyn plant and move operations to Moosic, PA. Maramont, which provides food services, has a lucrative contract with New York City’s Department of Education (DOE).
Maramont Employees and Community to Protest Corporation’s Plan to Close Factory and Take Taxpayer Dollars to PA
August 22, 2011
New York, NY – Sunset Park residents will join employees of Maramont Corporation at a rally Wednesday in protest of company executives’ decision to close its Brooklyn operation, and relocate roughly 140 jobs to Moosic, PA. Maramont has contracts to supply food services to New York City’s Departments of Education (DOE) and Homelessness Services and the Public Housing Authority.
COMMUNITY GROUPS RALLY AT MEEKS’ DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROTEST DEBT CEILING ‘YES’ VOTE
August 12, 2011
JAMAICA, NY – Community groups rallied today at Congressman Gregory Meeks’, D-NY, Jamaica district office (153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor) to protest his support of the recent debt ceiling deal. Meeks was the sole New York City House Democrat who supported the measure, which contemplates unprecedented cuts to valuable social programs like Medicare.
Queens Residents ‘Evict’ Local Bank For Failures on Taxes, Jobs and Foreclosures
August 5, 2011
Southeast Queens – Homeowners and college students from UnitedNY who live in Southeast Queens today delivered a mock eviction notice to a local Chase Bank branch for failing to pay a fair share of taxes, failing to do enough to create jobs, and failing to aid underwater homeowners.
Seniors Hold ‘Knit-Ins’ in Banks Throughout NYC, Urge Big Banks to Help Save Medicare By Paying Fair Share of Taxes
August 3, 2011
GREATER NYC AREA – Groups of senior citizens and community members today congregated and held “Knit-Ins” inside bank branches throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Long Island. The goal of the Knit-Ins was to urge big banks to help save Medicare benefits by paying their fair share of taxes.
As Deficit Measures Loom, NY Youth Call Out Lack of Good Jobs: “Stop Playing Politics With Our Future”
August 2, 2011
MANHATTAN – In light of the recent debt ceiling compromise, members of UnitedNY’s Youth Brigade rallied in Times Square today in a highly visible call to action on the need for good jobs.