NY United is all about people standing up for a vision of New York City where everyone, not just a privileged few, has the opportunity to thrive and build a secure, dignified life for themselves and their families. Corporations, big banks and Wall Street are making billions in profits. They should be investing in good jobs and paying their fair share in taxes so we can stop the cuts to education, healthcare, public transportation and other vital city services. Because New York is America’s financial center, and in many ways its premier city, when we stand up for working people here we can change the direction of our entire country.
We demand good jobs for all.
There used to be a promise in America that if you worked hard and played by the rules, you would have the opportunity to build a secure life for yourself and your family. We need to restore that promise by making sure there are good jobs for all New Yorkers that include the basics like a living wage and paid sick leave. Instead of just hoarding profits, companies should be doing their part for our economy by investing in good jobs. Family-sustaining jobs are especially important in the service sector, where millions of New Yorkers now work. By lifting up the standard of living for service workers and others, we can improve the quality of life for our city as a whole.
Corporations need to pay their fair share to preserve vital services.
Our city is facing disastrous cuts that include laying off thousands of teachers and firefighters, closing senior centers, raising subway and bus fares, increasing CUNY tuition, and slashing healthcare services. Meanwhile, corporations, big banks and Wall Street are making massive profits but paying little to no taxes. In fact, the tax rate for corporations and the top 1% is the lowest it has been in 50 years. In order to protect and improve vital city services, we need to make sure corporations and the rich are paying their fair share in taxes, just like the rest of us.