A PUBLIC OPTION FOR JOBS
New Yorkers need access to jobs. We need a bold strategy to combat low wages and reduced work hours. Rising cuts to essential public services will require substantial public investment, especially as we need more sustainable, resilient cities.
Prior to COVID, 51% of our residents worked in low-wage occupations. The pandemic has exacerbated poverty, disrupted careers and opportunities, and forced many out of work.
We must make sizable investments in our infrastructure, and we can do that by creating a “public option” job program. A Public Option for Employment means, simply, that our city will have a job for everyone ready and willing to work when the private sector is not fulfilling our city’s economic needs. This was the underlying concept behind FDR’s New Deal, which was the lynchpin of lifting our nation out of the Great Depression almost a century ago.
Our plan for A Public Option for Jobs:
•Establish a “public option” employment program with a public purpose that offers a living wage plus benefits to vulnerable New Yorkers who cannot find decent employment on the broader labor market.
•Create a municipal apprenticeship program for targeted vulnerable populations.
•Invest in trade programs and an accelerator program to put New Yorkers to work in careers in our public infrastructure.
•Support unionizing City Council staff
•Support and Expand the NYC Workers Bill of Rights for all workers