Nov 14, 2018Elected officials, the RWDSU, and community groups including Make the Road New York, NYCC, ALIGN and others gathered at the proposed site of the new Amazon HQ2 in Queens, New York, today to speak out against the over $3 billion in taxpayer subsidies the richest corporation in the world will be receiving to set up shop in NYC. The press conference and rally called for the city to demand that Amazon give back to the community rather than take, and called attention to the housing and transportation difficulties that the facility, which will house 25,000 Amazon employees, will cause in the community.Continue readingNov 13, 2018“New York deserves better than the deal that was struck to lure Amazon here. Its hard to believe that we are giving as much as $1 billion dollars to one of the wealthiest and largest companies in history. This was an opportunity to create good jobs in a way that benefits the city and workers. We should be demanding that Amazon respects its workforce by allowing them to exercise their right to freely associate. We should be demanding that they give back to the community and not drain public resources. Instead we got played. Amazon can afford to come here without handouts. Its embarrassing to think that such a great city would need to beg them to come. They are coming here because they need to come here - because we offer so much. Tax payers shouldn’t be on the hook to help Amazon be profitable – it’s a massively profitable private business. New York, we can and should do better,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).Continue reading
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