On Thursday, March 10, dozens of BronxWorks staff from across the agency participated in a rally to support the #JustPay campaign, which looks to end chronically low wages for human services workers.
The New York State human services workforce is 800,000+ workers strong, most of whom make about 71% of what government employees and 82% of what private sector workers receive for the same role.
Thousands of nonprofit human services workers from organizations across the five boroughs filled Park Row outside City Hall, calling on the mayor and city council to put into law fair pay and contracts for human services organizations.
#JustPay looks to implement change by focusing on three core reforms:
- enforcement of an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)
- a living wage floor of $21 an hour
- addition of a comprehensive wage and benefit schedule for all City- and State-funded human services workers.
If you are interested in supporting the nonprofit human services sector and the #JustPay campaign, you can sign the supporter sign-on form here.