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For background information, previous news coverage and reports related to the Living Wage NYC coalition please download the Living Wage NYC Press Packet.

If you are a member of the press and would like more information, please contact Michael Yellin at 917-434-6130.

City Council Overrides Bloomberg’s Living Wage Veto

June 29, 2012 - Action marks new way of doing business in New York City Read more.

After Historic Campaign, Living Wage Bill Comes to a Vote

April 30, 2012 - Press Conference: Today, 12 Noon, Steps of City Hall, Lower Manhattan ***Vote on the Bill to Follow in the City Council After Press Conference*** Read more.

Living Wage NYC Statement on Final Living Wage Bill

April 20, 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.

Coalition Statement on Living Wage Agreement

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

RWDSU Statement on Living Wage Deal

January 13, 2012 - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum made the following statement today, as prepared for delivery at the 2:30 p.m. living wage press conference Read more.

Statement on the Kingsbridg​e Armory and Living Wage

January 12, 2012 - The Living Wage NYC coalition and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) released the following joint statement today Read more.

Brooklyn Brewery Co-Founder and President Steve Hindy Endorses Living Wage Bill

January 6, 2012 - Business Leader Urges New York City Council to Pass Legislation This Month Read more.

Statement on Real Estate Developer Douglas Durst's Comments

December 23, 2011 - The Living Wage NYC Coalition today issued the following statement in response to comments made by real estate developer Douglas Durst Read more.

Statement On Quinnipiac's Living Wage Poll Findings

December 14, 2011 - 74% of New York voters are in favor of the living wage bill, according to new poll results out today from Quinnipiac University. The Living Wage NYC coalition responded with the following statement 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.

Thousands Gather at the Historic Riverside Church to Demand Living Wage Jobs

November 21, 2011 - Thousands of supporters of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act gathered at The Riverside Church this evening to take part in the “Many Voices, One Goal” event aimed at convincing New York City Council to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

‘Malled’: Revealing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Working Retail

October 21, 2011 - Experts to Tell All as Shopping Season Heats Up 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.

Statement On The New NYC Poverty Stats

September 22, 2011 - One in five New York City residents are living in poverty, according to new data out today from the Census Bureau. The Living Wage NYC coalition, representing thousands of New Yorkers, responded with the following statement: Read more.

Black, Latino, Asian Caucus Backs Fair Wages Act

August 25, 2011 - Ensuring living wages in large taxpayer-subsidized development is the responsible thing to do Read more.

Anti-Hunger Groups Urge City Council To Pass Living Wage Bill

May 18, 2011 - New York, New York—Today the Living Wage NYC Coalition, along with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), announced that several organizations have formed an anti-hunger caucus to push for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Growing Citywide Coalition Demands Council Pass Living Wage Bill

May 12, 2011 - Hundreds Rally, Pack City Council Hearing, Attack Bloomberg Economic Policies Read more.

Media Advisory: 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. Elected officials, community members, faith and labor leaders from th Read more.

Ten Reasons for an Expanded Living Wage in New York City

May 5, 2011 - The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) today released its list of the top 10 reasons an expanded living wage makes sense for New York City’s workers, businesses and taxpayers. Read more.

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC Endorses Living Wage Bill

May 2, 2011 - New York, New York—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 Read more.

MLK's Fight for Economic Justice Inspires Citywide Call for Living Wage

April 4, 2011 - On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while fighting for living wage jobs. Tonight in Brooklyn and the Bronx, hundreds gathered to honor his legacy as part of the growing citywide movement for a living wage. Read more.

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.

Reaction to Bloomberg's Account of Job Creation and Economic Recovery in State of the City Speech

January 19, 2011 - Working poor New Yorkers are still waiting for the economic recovery the mayor referenced in his speech. His unmatched ability to turn the economy around was how his campaign framed the rationale for a third term but many struggling communities have yet t Read more.

Living Wage Battle Renews King's Fight for Economic Justice

January 13, 2011 - Diaz, Liu, and City Council members call for living wage jobs and commemorate Dr. King’s legacy with faith, labor and community leaders Read more.

Faith Leaders From Across the City Demand Fair Wages Act

November 17, 2010 - Today, clergy members from throughout the city led a silent procession of congregations, community groups and union members to demand the City Council pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. They delivered thousands of postcards signed by their parishion Read more.

Verdict Is In: EDC's $1 Million Living Wage Study is Rigged

October 27, 2010 - New York City Council Members will blast the Economic Development Corporation for spending $1 million on a rigged living wage study. Read more.

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.

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.

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.

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.