The pandemic has battered our city, our city’s economy, and our workforce. Far too many people have lost their jobs, their small businesses, and their livelihoods over the past year. If we are truly committed to a just, equitable recovery as we look forward as a city, then workers must be at the heart of not only our economic plans, but every facet of our city’s recovery.
Throughout this pandemic, our city’s workers have kept our city running. From our healthcare heroes to grocery clerks to sanitation workers and beyond, New York would simply not have survived without the hard, dedicated work you have provided us. Moving forward, we must find ways to jumpstart our city’s economy, get folks back to work, strengthen our labor unions, enact climate plans that improve our infrastructure and provide people jobs and make sure that every single New Yorker receives the pay, protections and dignity they deserve in the workplace.
Rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy for all workers: In order for our economy to recover, we must center the needs of our city’s workforce and do everything we can to get people back to work and ensure that every workplace is an environment where everyone can work with dignity. Unemployment is at an all-time high and we must make a major investment in our economy and our workers right now. Maya’s New Deal New York plan will jumpstart our city’s economy by:
Creating a Universal Care Economy: New York City is home to nearly 1.3 million caregivers, 15% of the City’s population. Many of these caregivers are women, especially women of color, who provide 30 hours a week or more of care to their families and loved ones, in addition to their regular jobs. The care economy is the largest untapped sector for economic growth in the city and it’s time to invest in it. Care work is real work and care workers deserve the pay, protection and respect that work demands. Maya’s Universal Community Care Plan will invest in our care economy and create jobs by:
Saving Small Businesses: Small businesses are the lifeblood of New York City. They employ nearly three million New Yorkers – nearly half of the city’s workforce. Any economic recovery we hope for must place small businesses at the very core. By supporting our small businesses, we are supporting our city’s workforce and that is why investing in local businesses and improving regulations and easing burdens on business development is essential. Maya’s Save our Small Business Platform supports small businesses by:
Reviving tourism, arts and culture: No group of workers in New York City has been hit harder by the pandemic than arts workers. Museums, theaters, galleries and other arts spaces closed for over a year and only now are beginning to sputter back to life. Thousands of NYC-based artists fled the city due to lack of employment and our vitally important arts scene—the very thing that makes New York City what it is—has suffered greatly. In order to reopen our city and ensure economic recovery, we need a dramatic reinvestment in tourism, arts and culture. Maya’s Plan to Revive Tourism, Arts and Culture will:
Building a community-based climate plan: Climate change is the existential threat of our time, and New York City is on the frontlines. We must use this challenge as an opportunity to provide good jobs and invest in climate infrastructure that will preserve the longevity of our city, and our city’s workforce. Our climate efforts must be rooted in community and focused on environmental justice, ensuring our efforts truly serve all New Yorkers. Maya’s Community-First Climate Action Plan will:
Strengthening our schools by hiring more staff: Due to the pandemic, our children have urgent social, emotional and academic needs in our schools; needs that require that we change the ways schools support our children, including through increasing our staff. Every New York City worker deserves to know that when they head to work, their children are in a safe and supportive learning environment. Maya’s Plan for Creating a Just, Vibrant School System will:
Centering women in our economic recovery: Women have faced astonishing losses in the workforce over this past year. Far too many women have been faced with the impossible choice of choosing their career or their families. In addition, women-owned businesses have shuttered across the city, furthering job losses and wiping away historic gains in our economy. Maya will return women to the workplace and center them as essential to our economic future. Her Women’s Agenda will:
Maya Wiley knows that New York City is what it is because of the work, the sacrifice and the commitment of its workforce. As we set ourselves onto the long, difficult road to recovery, our city’s workers must remain at the forefront of those efforts. Every New York worker—no matter the industry, the location, the task or the challenge—deserves fair pay, good benefits, strong protections and dignity in the workplace.
As Mayor, Maya Wiley will be a tireless advocate for the workers of New York City, prioritizing a strong and equitable economic recovery that benefits us all. That is why she has the support of labor unions like 1199 SEIU and the Freelancers Union, as well the New York Working Families Party, Congresswomen Nydia Velsquez and Yvette Clark and so many others.