A good stat came out this week: a Walmart employee earning the company’s median salary of $19,177 per year would have to work for more than 1000 years to reach the $22.2 million paid out to the company’s CEO Doug McMillon in 2017. A corporation that can afford to pay its CEO $22.2 million can afford to pay its workers a living wage (and kick in some paid sick days as well). It’s time to demand more from big corporations.
AROUND THE STATE
Workers, health advocates, and community leaders came out in full force to speak in support of paid sick day legislation in Albany County. Currently 40% of workers in the area lack even a single paid sick day, which forces them to choose between coming to work sick or paying their bills.
The Federal Fightback Committee in the Hudson Valley has been meeting regularly to make sure John Faso isn’t given a free pass following his disastrous votes against health care, attacks on SNAP, and for letting the Trump tax scam pass Congress.
The Trump Chicken visited Utica this week (how can I not include this?). Our organizers and leaders had a fun time showing it off to the local community.
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Why I’m Standing with Antonio Delgado in NY-19 by Jessica Wisneski
“Antonio has been unrelenting about the need to fight against vast income inequality, corporate dominance in our elections and economy. He’s been avid in his commitment to fight for the core working families issues Citizen Action cares about, including raising the minimum wage, childcare, health care, public education, clean energy jobs, and investment in infrastructure. But our committee was also impressed with Antonio’s ability to speak to and be clear about another working families issue—ending mass incarceration.” READ FULL POST
New York City – Saturday, June 2nd at 10 am – Community Canvass – Build neighborhood power in the Bronx by knocking on doors and talking to local residents. RSVP on Facebook
Binghamton – Sunday, June 3rd at 11 am – Health Care and Gun Reform Canvass & BBQ – A canvass training and barbeque for volunteers. RSVP on Facebook
Schenectady – Sunday, June 3rd at 3 pm – Safe and Supportive Schools Community Conversation – Parents, students, and community members will be talking about creating a healthy environment in our schools. RSVP on Facebook
New York City – Monday, June 4th at 11 am – Toys R Us Wall Street Greed Tour – Join Toys R Us workers from all over the country to demand justice and protest Wall Street Greed. RSVP on Facebook
Utica – Wednesday, June 6th at 6 pm – Voter Engagement 201 – A training and discussion on effective voter engagement. RSVP on Facebook
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