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City Council Overrides Bloomberg’s Living Wage Veto
June 29, 2012 - Action marks new way of doing business in New York City Read more.

The People's Override
June 18, 2012 - March to Make the Living Wage Bill LAW! Read more.

Bloomberg Subverts Peoples’ Will, Vetoes Landmark Living Wage Legislation!
May 31, 2012 - Supporters Condemn Billionaire Mayor, Urge Council to Override Veto and Implement Law Read more.

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After Historic Campaign and Movement, Landmark Living Wage Legislation Passes
April 30, 2012 - Diverse Supporters Praise Legislation as Much-Needed Reform that Will Strengthen the Local Economy and Put an End to the City’s Costly Failure to Create Good Jobs Read more.

Living Wage NYC Statement on Final Living Wage Bill
April 23, 2012 - On the heels of the New York City Council releasing the final living wage bill, the following statement was made by the Living Wage NYC Coalition: Read more.

The Future of the Living Wage Movement
January 23, 2012 - We want to thank you, the diverse coalition representing thousands of New Yorkers, for helping to build a historic movement for living wage jobs. Read more.

Statement on Living Wage Agreement
January 13, 2012 - The Living Wage NYC coalition released the following statement today Read more.

Statement on the Kingsbridg​e Armory and Living Wage
January 12, 2012 - We are thrilled with the new effort to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory. Read more.

Brooklyn Brewery Co-Founder & President Steve Hindy Endorses Living Wage
January 6, 2012 - Business Leader Urges New York City Council to Pass Legislation This Month Read more.

Our New Year's Resolution: Living Wage Jobs Now!
January 3, 2012 - This year we plan to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act! The time has come for New York City to raise wage standards, especially for the lowest-wage jobs in taxpayer-subsidized development projects. Read more.

New York Times: A Living Wage, Long Overdue
December 29, 2011 - This weekend, the New York Times endorsed the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, pointing to the reasons why it is long overdue for a city in need Read more.

New York Times on Living Wage
December 20, 2011 - In today's New York Times, Michael Powell discusses the struggles of low-wage workers and defends higher wage standards for taxpayer-subsidized projects. Read more.

Poll: Majority of New York Voters Support Living Wage
December 14, 2011 - The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows that 74 percent of all NYC voters approve a living wage, saying "it is the government's responsibility to make sure workers are paid a decent wage." Read more.

New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council Urges Passage of Living Wage Bill
December 13, 2011 - The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (NYHTC), AFL-CIO, which represents 30,000 hotel workers, today urged the New York City Council to pass The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, popular living wage legislation supported by the vast majority of New Yo Read more.

Video: Nov. 21st Rally at Riverside Church
December 12, 2011 - Check out this excellent video from our November 21st rally at The Riverside Church, and share it around! Read more.

We Need You to Step Up Support for Living Wages
December 9, 2011 - We currently have a majority of City Council Members supporting the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, but the only way the bill will pass is if it gets put to a vote. We need YOU to step up and help us make this happen. Read more.

Rising Poverty Points to Urgency of a Living Wage in NYC
December 5, 2011 - New stats are out today reporting that poverty continues to drastically grow in New York City... Read more.

Let's Keep the Momentum Going
November 29, 2011 - Now is a pivotal time for the Living Wage NYC coalition. The voices of thousands of New Yorkers rang throughout City Hall and The Riverside Church last week, but we must keep our voices loud as we keep up the pressure to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorker Read more.

NOW is the Time for a Living Wage!
November 23, 2011 - We've had an exciting two days at Monday’s "Many Voices, One Goal" rally and at Tuesday's City Council hearing. Special thank you to all the civil rights leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, labor leaders, and local residents who stood with us to Read more.

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Public Hearing on the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act
November 22, 2011 - he City Council will be holding a public hearing on the revised living wage legislation on November 22 [1:00 p.m. at 49-51 Chambers Street]. The changes to the bill focus in on the main target of the legislation: large-scale retail developments. We’re l Read more.

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A Citywide Living Wage Event to Kickoff Thanksgiving Week
November 21, 2011 - Featuring NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities, Elected Officials, and Special Guests Read more.

Many Voices, One Goal
November 15, 2011 - Want to know why our fight for economic justice is so urgent? Check out & share our latest video, with testimonials from City Council Members Jumaane Williams, Letitia "Tish" James, Gale Brewer, Stephen Levin and the leading experts on why we need a livin Read more.

Living Wage NYC Choir in Action!
November 15, 2011 - Check out the latest video from our very own Living Wage NYC choir! Read more.

Nov. 21st: Many Voices, One Goal: A Rally for Living Wages
November 7, 2011 - Many Voices, One Goal: A Rally for Living Wages Read more.

Nov. 9th: Living Wage Art of Protest Workshop
November 4, 2011 - Come to the Living Wage Art of Protest workshop on Nov. 9th! Read more.

NAACP Announces Support for Living Wage in NYC
November 1, 2011 - NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous has announced support for Living Wage NYC. He said this campaign for economic justice shows that living wage jobs are a national civil rights issue. Read more.

Tuesday, Nov. 1st: LGBTQ/ Labor Meet & Greet
October 27, 2011 - Join us for a night of speakers, video, performance, and mingling! Learn about the Living Wage NYC campaign and the campaign’s newly forming LGTBQ Caucus. Read more.

'Malled': Revealing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Working Retail
October 24, 2011 - Can we afford bargain basement jobs in an industry that's become so important to our economy? Join us for an exciting panel with speakers including: Caitlin Kelly, and Leaders from the Retail Action Project. Read more.

As Poverty Rises, Mayor Attempts to Derail Living Wage
October 17, 2011 - In a a powerful column, featured in the New York Times, Michael Powell points to the Bloomberg administration’s failures in addressing the dramatically rising rate of one in five New Yorkers who now live in poverty. This piece comes on the heels of a Bl Read more.

Mayor Launches "Desperate" Attempt to Derail Living Wage
October 5, 2011 - On Wednesday, in a typically Bloomberg attempt to slow the growing support for passage of the legislation, his administration released its already discredited, biased million-dollar living wage study. Read more.

Living Wage NYC Coalition Endorses Revisions to City Council Legislation
October 3, 2011 - The Living Wage NYC Coalition, representing many thousands of New Yorkers from across the city, today announced that it fully endorses the revisions to the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act being introduced this week and plans to increase its efforts to pass Read more.

Bloomberg Responsible for Poverty Spike
September 22, 2011 - Statement On The New NYC Poverty Stats Read more.

Save the Date! Many Voices, One Goal: A Thanksgiving Gathering for Living Wages
September 20, 2011 - Join us at 6:30 PM at Riverside Church for a rally to demand living wages in NYC! Read more.

Join! Voices for a Living Wage
September 16, 2011 - We are seeking voices of the City to sing melodies of change in the ‘Voices of Living Wage’ Choir. Read more.

Young Gets It Done!
August 24, 2011 - MYD will be holding our third annual Young Gets It Done party, honoring our top 5 Leaders Under 35 on Wednesday, August 24th. Join us in honoring our very own Ava Farkas! Read more.

This is Why We Organize
August 9, 2011 - Check out this new music video from our City Council rally and hearing, with music by Luss, and then take action! /pagedetail.php?id=10 Read more.

We Need Your Voice!
August 2, 2011 - STRENGTHEN YOUR VOICE & BECOME A LEADER FOR LIVING WAGE NYC Read more.

New York City Clergy Unite to Fight for a Living Wage
May 19, 2011 - Faith leaders across New York City have united to assist in organized labor's fight for living wage - a battle that has already been waged successfully in a handful of cities across the nation. On Thursday, May 12th, Rev. Peter G. Heltzel, Rev. Anita Burs Read more.

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Growing Citywide Coalition Demands Council Pass Living Wage Bill
May 12, 2011 - At a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement today demanded living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. At the City Council’s Contracts Committee hearing today, Mayor B Read more.

5/12: Living Wage Rally and City Council Hearing
May 10, 2011 - At a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement will demand living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. Read more.

Living Wage NYC Responds to EDC Study
May 9, 2011 - Living Wage NYC--a coalition of faith, labor, community and grassroots groups throughout New York City--released the following statement in response to NYCEDC's study, “The Economic Impacts on New York City of Proposed Living Wage Mandate”: Read more.

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC Endorses Living Wage Bill
May 2, 2011 - The Stonewall Democratic Club, the oldest and largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Democratic organization in New York City, announced today that it endorses the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, and has joined the Living Wage NYC Coalition to p Read more.

City Council Hearing on Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act
April 28, 2011 - It's official: a hearing date has been set! Read more.

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MLK’s Fight for Economic Justice Inspires Citywide Call for Living Wage
April 4, 2011 - Brooklyn and Bronx City Council Members, Faith Leaders, and Low-Wage Workers Demand Passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Read more.

MLK III Calls for Living Wage Jobs to Honor His Father's Legacy
April 4, 2011 - On the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the Living Wage NYC campaign received support from his eldest living son, Martin Luther King III. Read more.

Plight of Working Poor Inspires Citywide Call for Living Wage
March 28, 2011 - On Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death, New Yorkers Rally in Two Boroughs Read more.

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Stop Funding Poverty Wage Jobs!
March 10, 2011 - At a major public forum this afternoon, elected officials and advocates called for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act as one way to address the plight of the working poor in New York City. Read more.

Public Forum on NYC Development Subsidies & Job Quality
March 2, 2011 - At a major public forum, elected officials and experts will discuss the urgent need for reform. They will explain how and why smarter public investment in good jobs can boost the local economy and lift working people out of poverty. Read more.

Pre-MLK Day Mass Meeting for Living Wages
February 2, 2011 - A video from the Mass Meeting for Living Wages, held on Jan. 13, 2011 at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem. Read more.

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Living Wage Battle Renews King's Fight for Economic Justice
January 13, 2011 - Join us on MLK Day for our Mass Meeting for Living Wages at Convent Avenue Baptist Church Read more.

Big Boost for Living Wage Bill
December 6, 2010 - The new study released by the Center for American Progress (CAP) confirms what the Living Wage NYC coalition has always known: living wage laws do not harm employment or economic growth. Read more.

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Faith Leaders From Across the City Demand Fair Wages Act
November 17, 2010 - Scores of clergy members will lead a silent procession of congregations, community groups and union members to deliver thousands of postcards demanding City Council hold a hearing on the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

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Verdict Is In: EDC's $1 Million Living Wage Study is Rigged
October 27, 2010 - Council Members Say, 'Pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Now' Read more.

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More Than 80 Congregations Unite for Living Wages
October 10, 2010 - At more than 80 congregations throughout New York City this weekend, faith leaders called for the City Council to take a stand for economic justice and pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 60 Congregations Unite for Living Wages!
October 6, 2010 - Living Wage Weekend Oct. 8 - 10. Pastors throughout all five boroughs will preach and teach about economic justice and the need for the City Council to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. The Act would require living wages be paid in all publicly sub Read more.

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Support Grows for Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act
September 15, 2010 - Faith Leaders Get Behind Living Wage NYC Campaign Read more.

Living Wage Study: A Stalling Tactic
August 24, 2010 - The Living Wage NYC campaign announced today that it is condemning the city’s rigged living wage study. Read more.

Join us for a Prayer Breakfast for Living Wages!
August 23, 2010 - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 9 am - 11 am Park Avenue Christian Church 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street (Trains 4,5,6 to 86 St.) Read more.

Living Wage NYC Holds Successful Coalition Meeting!
August 18, 2010 - More than 60 people came to a very successful Living Wage NYC coalition meeting last Wednesday night, August 11! During the meeting, we developed some new campaign materials and had a discussion on how the campaign is being received in different groups an Read more.

Living Wage NYC Supporters Critique Mayor's Study
August 13, 2010 - Living wage supporters are criticizing the Economic Development Corporation's choice of firm to conduct a living wage study. This study is being spearheaded by some major critics of living wage legislation, and is being used to stall passage of the Fair W Read more.

City Council Majority Supports Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act
July 28, 2010 - The Living Wage NYC Campaign announced today that a majority of New York City Council members have now signed on in support of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act (Intro 251) requiring developers who receive major taxpayer-funded subsidies to pay at least Read more.

Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act: The Choice is Clear
July 21, 2010 - In a recent editorial, Crain's New York Business revealed their true feelings about people who are on the low end of the wage scale, those who would benefit most with the passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Read more.

NYC Retail Workers Win Settlement, Look to Fight for Living Wage
July 14, 2010 - Working a low-wage retail job in New York City isn’t easy, but for people like Romeo Ilboudou, a stock manager at the high-end clothing retailer Scoop NYC, discrimination, wage theft, and hazardous conditions made it even lousier. Read more.

‘Dads Deserve a Living Wage!’ Workers and Community Tell Mall Owner
June 25, 2010 - Queens residents and workers celebrated Father’s Day with a rally at the Queens Center Mall to highlight the need for living wages, community space and organizing rights at the publicly subsidized poverty wage center. Read more.

Watch Bronx BP Diaz face off with Real Estate Pres. Spinola on NY1
June 9, 2010 - Watch Bronx BP Diaz face off with Real Estate Pres. Spinola on NY1 Read more.

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Living Wage NYC Campaign Begins
May 25, 2010 - Bronx Borough President Diaz Joins with Labor, Community Groups, Elected Officials to Pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Read more.