Elected officials, religious leaders and community members will gather to talk about the negative impact “New York’s hometown airline” is having on their community.
WHAT: JetBlues Community Town Hall
WHO: NY Senator Peralta, NY City Council Member Daniel Dromm, Rev. Phil Craig of the Greater Springfield Community Church and representatives from the Human Rights Commission will join community members during the town hall. (Speakers will present in both English and Spanish)
WHEN: Monday July 11, 6:00pm
WHERE: Jewish Community Center of Jackson Heights at 3706 77th St
WHY: JetBlue calls itself New York’s hometown airline, but they hire subcontractors –Roma and Primeflight—that pay poverty wages and provide few if any benefits. Most airport workers live in communities that are near the airport, like Jackson Heights, and more than 50% of all airport workers are forced to rely on public assistance to survive. While JetBlue puts up “I Love NY” ads around the community and receives millions in government subsidies and tax breaks, the airline’s record profits are not allowed to trickle down to the communities around the airport where their subcontracted airport workers live. Community leaders will gather on Monday night to discuss ways to demand that New York’s hometown airline treat New Yorkers and their communities right.
With more than 155,000 members, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service union in the country.