Raising the standard for good working conditions is like a chain reaction. More people will see their work life can be better.

~ Clara Vargas, 32BJ Member, Florida

Low Road on the High Line

“I was forced to get a second job so now I’m working an average of 60 hours a week and sometimes up to 80 hrs a week. When I get home at night my children are sleeping and I have to leave for my second job before they wake up. We are not going to give up. We are going to stay united to get change for ourselves and our families.”

~ Cesar Coronel

Luxury buildings have shot up along the High Line park in Manhattan, as developers take advantage of the public park’s beautiful views. But in too many of these buildings, tenants pay millions for their apartments, but don’t pay their doormen and porters enough to support themselves or their family members. Workers organizing for respect on the job and the right to join a union have faced intimidation and harassment. Building workers along the High Line are fighting to get what other workers in less affluent buildings in the neighborhood have – a decent wage, health care coverage, workplace protection and paid sick days.

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