Community-based organizations, unions, faith-based institutions, elected officials and individual supporters work together in the RAP Community Coalition to advocate for better employment opportunities in retail and hold individual retailers accountable for unjust treatment of workers. Unemployment and access to decent jobs are issues that affect low-income communities throughout the city. Retail is one of the largest, fastest growing industries in New York City. Yet employment opportunities in the retail industry do not meet the basic economic needs of workers and their families. Wages and benefits of NYC retail workers are so meager that taxpayers spend over $1 billion annually to prove the health insurance, rent subsidies, child care, food stamps and other assistance they and their families need to survive. We need to unite to make retail jobs stable living wage jobs with benefits and respect!

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    • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union RWDSU, UFCW, CLC, represents workers throughout much of the United States and Canada. RWDSU members work in a wide variety of occupations that range from food processing to retail to manufacturing to service and health care.
    • The Center for Frontline Retail: The Center for Frontline Retail (Frontline) promotes awareness, leadership, and action to achieve quality employment in the retail sector. Through community organizing, industry analysis, and leadership development, Frontline grows grassroots capacity and powerful broad-based coalitions across diverse communities to advance economic and social justice. They work to simultaneously elevate workers’ voices and raise standards in the retail sector.
    • Good Old Lower East Side:  GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977. GOLES is dedicated to tenants’ rights, homelessness prevention, economic development, and community revitalization.
    • National Employment Law Project:  NELP works to restore the promise of economic opportunity in the 21st century economy by working in partnership with national, state and local allies. They promote policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.
    • A Better Balance:  A Better Balance is a legal team fighting to give American workers the time and flexibility they need to care for their families. We help to balance the demands of employment and home, ensuring that families are prioritized–not punished–in the workplace.
    • CUNY Murphy Institute The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies was established in collaboration with New York City labor unions and the City University of New York. The Institute offers educational opportunities to union members and serves as an academic resource on issues of concern to the labor movement.
    • Make the Road New York:  MRNY is an organization that builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.
    • New Economy Project:  New Economy Project works with community groups to build a new economy that works for all, based on principles of cooperation, democracy, equity, racial justice, and ecological sustainability.
    • Walmart Free NYC:  Walmart Free NYC is a coalition of concerned workers workers and residents, small business owners, community leaders, clergy, and elected officials who are committed to increasing economic opportunities, preserving local businesses, and bringing more and better jobs to communities across New York.