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WORKPLACE DIGNITY

MRNY promotes good jobs with a living wage and workers' right to organize. Our work has helped make New York's worker protections a model for the nation. We have:

  • Led the campaign to win the landmark state-level Wage Theft Prevention Act, which quadruples penalties for wage theft and protects workers from retaliation, making New York the national leader in the fight against wage theft.

  • Won $15 million in back wages and damages for exploited workers through legal representation.

  • Trained 12,000 workers how to stand up for their rights, health, and safety on the job.

  • Provided job training, certifications and placement to 1,000 people each year.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Helped win guaranteed paid sick days for one million NYC workers.

  • Trained 1,865 workers in workplace rights, health, and safety.

  • Placed 275 people in jobs with an average hourly wage of $13.21, helped 735 access job training and certificates, and incubated a cleaning cooperative to create living wage jobs.

  • Provided full legal representation to 445 low-wage workers to collect unpaid wages and enforce workplace laws.

  • Helped win collective bargaining contracts in six car washes, turning the tide in the campaign to organize 5,000 of the city's most exploited workers.

  • Helped increase the state's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9, giving 1.5 million workers a raise.

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Winning Workplace Justice | Improving Public Education | Empowering Youth


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Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...