One City/One Future

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mike Fishman, President of the 32BJ Employees International Union, Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, and Haeyoung Yoon, executive director of Organizing Asian Communities discuss how the One City/One Future coalition is trying to bring New Yorkers together to promote economic growth and recovery.


Mike Fishman, Kathryn Wylde and Haeyoung Yoon

Comments [8]

hjs from 11211

who pays for the roads police laws etc that make the economy possible. rich people have diluted themselves into thinking god gave them money to do as they please.

May. 12 2009 11:51 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

The last caller is completely correct in that even the possibility of accumulating great wealth in any society, including the U.S., is based on that wealthy person utilizing infrastructure paid for by all taxpayers.

This fundamental concept is often lost in the discussion about taxation in the U.S. because of the myth of individualistic wealth generation. Society actually helps to to generate it.

May. 12 2009 11:38 AM
Robert from NYC

That guy was right. As one who earns 14K per annum I fully agree that $250K is still only middle class in these times and not a great amount for a family of 4 with kids who want to go to college. It's the million-/billionaires that have to be taxed more. And not really, has any of them ever become poor by paying higher taxes! Maybe they had to deprive themselves of one diamond ring, aw.
This was an excellent segment and good people involved. Thanks for this one, Brian, wnyc

May. 12 2009 11:38 AM
hjs from 11211

business doesn't hire labor for fun. if they weren't needed they would be gone. higher wages will not effect hiring

May. 12 2009 11:34 AM
Pat from Red Hook, Brooklyn

We should use this downturn as an opportunity to create responsible development policies in New York in these two areas:
RFP's (requests for proposals) for any large scale commercial development in neighborhoods, affording communities the ability to participate in their futures - the policy not is to have EDC marrying projects to developers without community imput; and real affordable housing creation tied to these larege scale developments, ensuring that we have practical housing for the working families of the City, who build these projects.

May. 12 2009 11:31 AM
inquisigal from Brooklyn

The way the economy is changing is that many businesses are trying to hire creative professionals for far less than the work is worth. Some of the hourly rates being offered are literally at the levels they were at in the early 90's - and this is for creative industry work.

The way I am dealing with it - despite being concerned about being able to find work - is to once and for all put my foot down and not agree to work for wages that are not what they should be for the kind of work that I do. Too many people are agreeing to work for - at times, literally, nothing - has completely corrupted wages in creative fields, and I would encourage all creative professionals to stop agreeing to work for entry-level wages, or worst - for trade services or "exposure" - and to ask for the wage that is competitive for their level of expertise and the equipment they own.

If plumbers and accountants get paid for the work that they do, why should creative people who own thousands of dollars of equipment work for 1990's-level wages?

May. 12 2009 11:28 AM
Serena from NYC

Housing more affordable? You mean apartments overpriced 300% or more now only 250% overpriced. Even rent stabilized apartments have been increased at such a high percentage for years its become meaningless. How does a longtime tenant strangled by the current stabilzed rent get back to something truly affordable.

May. 12 2009 11:25 AM
Paulo from Paterson, NJ

A rise in minimum wage will lead to lay offs at a time when unemployment is already rising at alarming rates. All this would do is make employers fire people and work those who remain even harder to squeeze every last penny out of them.

May. 12 2009 11:20 AM

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