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Urban Jobs Task Force begins Monthly Protests of COR – OCIDA Tax Deal

In Activism, Direct Action, Economics, Jobs, Press Release, Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

SYRACUSE – Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 12 noon ujtflogoCapture

Urban Jobs Task Force and community members will launch monthly protests of the $44 million tax deal granted by Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) to the Inner Harbor developers, COR. On the 3rd Thursday of every month, we will protest this tax deal less we forget how this tax deal hurts vulnerable city residents.

We will protest:

  • the inequity of this tax deal. COR is building the Inner Harbor using more than $70 million of public money, $44 million in tax breaks approved by OCIDA, with no accountable, verifiable community benefits as jobs and contracts for city residents.
  • the undemocratic nature of the largest component of this tax deal, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). The PILOT was never approved by the elected body of Syracuse, the Syracuse Common Council.
  • the emerging practice of OCIDA. OCIDA is signaling developers that it is “OK” to avoid the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency and its scrutiny. This practice is disrespectful and disempowering.

We will urge:

  • negotiations between COR and the City to end the lawsuits by adding verifiable, accountable job and M/WBE goals through a community benefits agreement for city residents on the Inner Harbor project.
  • IDA reform at the state level that creates firm IDA jurisdictional boundaries and project transparency by requiring a workforce profile connected to the jobs created. At a minimum, this profile would describe the workforce by zip code, ethnicity and gender.

We will continue to pressure for Economic Inclusion!

Monthly protests: 3rd Thursday of month, 12 noon to 12:30 pm, Corner of Solar and Court Streets

Contact: Aggie Lane, 315-478-4571, aggielane@verizon.net

$15 and a Union: Making the Minimum Wage a Living Wage in Syracuse (Part of the ongoing Socialist Forum)

In Austerity, Capitalism, Economics, Worker's Rights on March 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Unprecedented productivity gains in the economy have been translated to profits for owners and stagnant wages for workers. Our panel will discuss the effects of low wages on workers and those entering the workforce, the living wage, and organizing for change.

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Featured Speakers:

Sandy Arias is an activist with “15 Now” and will discuss the organizing efforts in NYC and the success of Kshama Sawant and others in raising the minimum wage in Seattle.

Rebecca Fuentes is an immigrant rights activist and Coordinator of the Workers’ Center of CNY. Rebcca works with farm workers throughout New York state.

Jesse Harasta is a teacher and researcher at Cazenovia College. He is working on the Syracuse Living Wage Study.

Howie Hawkins is active in the Green and Socialist parties. His 2014 Green campaign for Governor advocated a $15 minimum wage. Howie is a truck unloader at UPS and a Teamster.

Cosponsored by CNY Reds and Syracuse Greens.