Now, more than ever, we need an organization, led by working people, for working people.
“When I first arrived to NMASS I saw that there was strong support for workers. Mexican workers doing lawsuits, pickets, winning their checks [for stolen wages]. Black Americans , Hispanics and whites working against displacement. Home attendants like me fighting for pay for all of the 24-hours we work, and for the right not to be forced to work 24 hours…So many different workers-we meet and we learn together. NMASS brings us together to fight for our rights, to make changes.” – Catalina, NMASS member
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This past year, our members worked together to fight exploitation in our workplaces and communities. Home attendants and other women workers organized and compelled state courts to uphold home attendants’ right to demand pay for all the 24 hours of their shifts. We organized with service workers to fight wage theft and call for the passage of the SWEAT Bill to stop this rampant crime. And we mobilized community members on the Lower East Side and Chinatown to demand an end to displacement and the passage of the full Chinatown Working Group Rezoning plan, making these high-priority campaign issues for local candidates.
In the coming year, we will continue to build on this organizing by:
Growing statewide support from the ground up to compel our state elected representatives to take a stand against wage theft by passing the SWEAT bill.
Uniting the Latino, Black, Chinese and other members of the LES and Chinatown to hold elected officials’ feet to the fire and pass the full CWG Rezoning Plan that puts PEOPLE FIRST (and not luxury developers and landlords)
Bringing home attendants, patients and other women workers together to call for an end to mandatory overtime so that we all have time to take care of our health and families.
As always, we depend on our supporters, old and new, to keep us going. We’re also extremely grateful to one of our founders (who prefers to remain anonymous) who set up a matching grant for up to $50,000. We have raised two-thirds of the funds to meet this challenge, but we still need more to reach our goal! Please consider making as generous a contribution as you can this holiday season.