When: April 15, 6:00 am Where: DeKalb and Flatbush Avenue Ext., Brooklyn Why: To fight for a living wage for low-wage workers Who: Local 79, building trades unions, other unions, and community activists More information: Dennis Lee, 347-712-1684
On Saturday morning, April 4, Local 79 members joined other members of the building trades, fast food, home healthcare, and airport workers, and community activists to demand that low wage workers be given a living wage of $15 an hour and unions to bargain for them and protect their rights. The rally began in front of the home of Michael Stern, a non-union developer who plans to build an 80-story tower at 111 W. 57th Street without using union labor. The marchers then made their way down to a nearby McDonald's franchise. The protest was in advance of a mass national protest and strike to [...]
Join other Local 79 members and Build Up NYC to kick off the campaign for good jobs in East New York, the Bronx, and all across New York City.
Local 79 members are encouraged to come to a rally in Albany to ensure that any extension of 421-a, the tax abatement program for wealthy developers, contains provisions ensuring that the affordable housing built in exchange for the tax breaks will pay workers prevailing wage. Attendance will count towards your mandatory participation. All attendees will receive a $100 stipend. Lunch and shirts will be provided. When: Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 am Where: Five buses will be outside Local 79, 520 8th Avenue You must call Angela to reserve your seat: 212-465-7912
Over two dozen Local 79 members, organizers and staff from affiliates of Local 79 attended Community Board 11’s meeting on Tuesday, March 17, to hand out leaflets and raise serious concerns about the proposed rezoning and development of a property on 120 Street and First Avenue, one of many rezonings planned for East Harlem. City Council member Ben Kallos, pictured above with Local 79 Business Agent Barrie Smith, spoke to the crowd and made it clear that he was 100% behind the use of union labor for any and all redevelopment in East Harlem. Speeches given by Local 79 members and [...]
On May 1, 2015, Local 79 members will join thousands of workers and community activists outside billionaire Walmart owner Alice Walton's home on the corner of 60th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue. From there, marchers will proceed to a 6:30 pm rally on 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue. May Day Flyer For a brief history of the origin of May Day, click here.
When: Tuesday, May 12th, Rally at 6:00 pm, March at 7:00 pm Where: Highland Park (across the street from 458 Jamaica Avenue) Why: Stand up for neighborhoods that need real affordable housing, good union jobs for local residents, and anti-displacement policies to protect neighborhood residents Contact: Anthony Williamson, 646-265-5675 May 12th Rally Flyer in English May 12 Rally Flyer in Spanish
Business Manager Mike Prohaska and over 100 loud and proud Local 79 members came out in a blizzard Thursday night to demand union jobs and affordable housing. Our members stood side by side with CASA and other allies from the Real Affordability For All coalition to makes sure that the 75 block Bronx rezoning serves the needs of Bronx residents, not the needs of irresponsible developers. The whole City may have heard the chant: Whose Bronx? Our Bronx! And with Local 79 standing strong with more than 500 community allies, it was Our Bronx! We will be continuing to fight to [...]
Close to 300 members of Local 79 joined hundreds of brothers and sisters from other trades and from our community partners on the evening of February 4 to demand that the proposed rezoning of East New York include real affordable housing and union jobs. "The rally last night demonstrates that the fight for good jobs and affordable housing that is truly affordable is a fight that is going to be won at the grassroots level," said Local 79 Director of Organizing Chaz Rynkiewicz.. "Rezoning automatically makes property more valuable for developers, and in every case where rezoning is proposed, we are going to demand that developers employ [...]
Why: East New York is being rezoned and Local 79 wants to make sure that whatever is built is built union and that there is a community hire provision. Local 79 members who live in East New York are requested to attend. When: Tuesday, December 16, 6:00 pm Where: United Community Centers, 613 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn (between Hendrix and Schenck)