Now that it's gotten to the City Council the important issues are coming to the forefront -
32BJ SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Hector Figueroa criticized the Economic Development Corp. this week for failing to adopt a policy that links wage standards to publicly financed projects.
The union has worked with other labor and community organizations to win wage standards for the Willets Point and Hunters Point redevelopment plans and for buildings getting 421-a tax abatements. Labor is currently pressing for guarantees that jobs in a redeveloped Coney Island will pay good wages.
But 32BJ wants to stop fighting piecemeal for such standards and is campaigning for a citywide agreement attaching wage stipulations to all publicly financed projects, including those that get stimulus funds. The union has rolled out a “New Deal for New Yorkers” platform and has asked candidates seeking its endorsement to commit to the program’s principles.