November 14, 2018
Community groups, residents and elected officials say NO to the billions of dollars in subsidies for Amazon to locate to NYC
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Queens, NY – Labor groups, community groups, residents and elected officials gathered together on November 14, 2018 at Gordan Triangle in Long Island City, to say NO to the billions of dollars in subsidies for Amazon to locate to NYC.
The richest Company in the world shouldn’t require over $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to come to New York – a city they need more than we need them – robbing state funding for our schools, transit and housing.
While our city faces a crisis of affordability and a deteriorating transit system, the last thing we should be doing is giving away billions of dollars of tax payer money to one of the largest corporation in the world.
Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, NY elected officials, The Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), ALIGN NY, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, and other local groups will stand at the proposed site of the new Amazon HQ2 to speak out against the over $1 Billion in taxpayer subsided the richest corporation in the world will be receiving to set up shop in NYC, saying #NoAmazonNYC.
“New York deserves better than the deal that was struck to lure Amazon here. Its hard to believe that we are giving as much as $1 billion dollars to one of the wealthiest and largest companies in history. This was an opportunity to create good jobs in a way that benefits the city and workers. We should be demanding that Amazon respects its workforce by allowing them to exercise their right to freely associate. We should be demanding that they give back to the community and not drain public resources. Instead we got played. Amazon can afford to come here without handouts. Its embarrassing to think that such a great city would need to beg them to come. They are coming here because they need to come here – because we offer so much. Tax payers shouldn’t be on the hook to help Amazon be profitable – it’s a massively profitable private business. New York, we can and should do better,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States, including 45,000 in New York State. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).
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