NY Daily News: National Day of Action on behalf of low wage workers set for Times Square

Come July 24, Time Square will become a sea of banners and chanting protesters demanding economic justice.

Airport workers, car washers, supermarket workers, janitors, all of them actively fighting for respect and fair wages, will participate in the rally. They will be demanding that irresponsible or rogue corporations and employers be held accountable.

The National Day of Action was announced Tuesday on the steps of City Hall by a coalition of elected officials and community and faith leaders. They are inviting New Yorkers from of all backgrounds to mobilize and support the workers’ demands. Similar demonstrations will be held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

“We need to show the political power of Latinos, to let everyone know these are issues we care about and that we expect elected officials to know it and to act accordingly,” Valdés said.

That seems to be already happening with Latino politicians, many of whom have become active participants and have added their names to the list of supporters of the National Day of Action.

Among them are Rep. Nydia Velazquez; State Sen. Gustavo Rivera; Assemblyman Guillermo Linares and Councilwomen Melissa Mark-Viverito, Julissa Ferreras and Diana Reyna.

Also, such labor and community leaders as Héctor Figueroa, 32BJ; Estela Vásquez, 1199UHWE; José Dávila, Hispanic Federation; Camille Rivera, UnitedNY; Lucía Gomez, La Fuente; Ana María Archila, Make the Road NY are also actively involved along with faith leaders such as Rev. Fabián Arias, Zion Lutheran Church and Rev. Guillermo Martino, Tabernacle of God’s Glory, among others.

The National Day of Action, organizers said, is part of a larger campaign spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union that is “uniting low-wage workers with community organizations and average New Yorkers in the fight for a fair economy."

 

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